Rahbani's Letter To Fouad

There have been quite a rage of discussions lately – starting with MJT’s completely innocuous (well, not exactly completely ...) post, ending up with another post by Lebanon.Profile - mainly centered around Bashir. Of course, in such things – a mention of Bashir (or of others) never fails to bring about defenders who say “Well, what about” … you can check the comments in MJT’s blog.

Personally, I don't care too much for these discussions – well, my comments on the second blog probably show that I do care, and I DO if they are going to impede Lebanon from at least moving forwards. I don’t mind this “two steps back and three steps forwards” theory– as long as we take those three steps.

So – due to a discussion I had with a friend (continued ...)

On a sidenote - I would like to extend my thanks to Eve and the rest of the forum for the invitation to join.


At Thursday, October 06, 2005 10:53:00 AM, Blogger khaled said...

well i would like to repeat my comment on LP's blog here too:

Why bring up the old war files and old stuff???

LF / etc claim that others were fighting against Lebanon for the sake of Syria and Iran, others would ask the same question about LF position from 1990 to 2000, when they were fighting Against Lebanon for the Isarelis.

(It is a non-ending story)

The point I am trying to make is all this is now OVER for the most important now is not who was fighting for Lebanon or who wasnt.

The most important now is to build a better future for our children, and together.

At Thursday, October 06, 2005 5:17:00 PM, Blogger Charles Malik said...

I think it is vitally important for the health of the nation that we remember the war.

Now, I'm thinking of running a string of connected posts on this issue.

The discussion on my blog - much of it contributed by you and Lazarus - has brought on a number of thoughts about selective history and undefined icons.

Some things boil down to a very simple debate about what is or is not a national symbol. Bashir, Berri, and Jumblatt are all undeniably Lebanese and admit such today. However, they are not national symbols.

Berri does not represent the nation, and yet he does because he is one of our three presidents. Odd conundrum.

At Thursday, October 06, 2005 5:48:00 PM, Blogger khaled said...


Few will dissagree with me on this point, but martyr Hariri's death turned him into a National symbol.

I can see no one in our modern history where the majority of Lebanese (from all sects) agree that he was / is a national symbol.

At Thursday, October 06, 2005 5:50:00 PM, Blogger khaled said...

for the nation to remember the war, I would love to see a building that was damaged during the war to be left as a symbol or a reminder to everyone on what the war did to Lebanon....

Symbols such as the above are the ones that make us remember, and not symbols tht increase division what makes our nation healty..

At Thursday, October 06, 2005 6:08:00 PM, Blogger Lazarus said...

Khaled -

I explain why I did this in the rest of the entry on my blog.

At Friday, October 07, 2005 4:49:00 PM, Blogger Seth said...


Sorry to intrude on your conversation but could you add my blog to your directory



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