28.2.06

Say NO to WAR in Lebanon!

I am not sure how such a petition could make a difference, but I do not think it could possibly hurt. And I cannot, for the life of me, think of why anyone would say 'yes' to war again... So, if only to make the obvious blatant, please sign the petition at the site below:
http://www.nowarlb.com/
The site is still under construction, it seems; but maybe a flurry of signatures is the boost it takes to finish it.

11 Comments:

At Tuesday, February 28, 2006 8:51:00 PM, Blogger Bashir said...

This petition reflects the anxiety of an impending war, especially for those who lived the previous one. All the “foreplay” that lead to the previous one seem to be happening now. Allah yina ji nah!

Here is my experience with petitions (civil marriage):
http://urshalim.blogspot.com/2006/02/petitions-re-runs.html

And my reasons for “fears” of a new war:
http://urshalim.blogspot.com/2006/02/dialogue-al-hiwar-vs-truth-and.html

Thanks for the link arch.

 
At Wednesday, March 01, 2006 2:05:00 AM, Blogger Fouad said...

Laaaaa, seriously, this one beats them all. A Say no to war petition?? what on earth is that supposed to mean?? who on earth is this supposed to go to?? Does anyone but me see how absurd and ridiculous this is?? I really hope someone is trying to pull a major prank here, because if people are actually serious about this BS, then ours is a sad state of affairs. A petition against war 2al... ya3neh 3an jadd shi bi 7azzen.

 
At Wednesday, March 01, 2006 11:52:00 AM, Blogger Delirious said...

Hahahahahaha!
Hohohohohoho!
Hihihihiihihi!
Hehehehhehehe!

Ditto, Fouad.

 
At Wednesday, March 01, 2006 7:44:00 PM, Blogger arch.memory said...

Fouad, I don't think anyone is missing the absurd and the ridiculous in this, but I think, as Bachir wrote, it reveals an anxiety that seems to be getting ever more tangible. I am not living in the country right now, but from what little indicators I'm getting, things aren't looking that good. I do hope it's only our heightened sense of drama and doom. Or else...

 
At Thursday, March 02, 2006 12:33:00 AM, Blogger zwixo said...

yes Fouad, anxiety really exists because if you are really educated and refuse war under any circumstance, most of the Lebanese people isnt, and we need to make this heard and call for it whenever we can. Wihtout being sectarian; without generalizing; but being realistic, do you think that if hezbollah is drawn to a corner, the shiite community will say No to war. Do you think that if Joumblat signals war to the druzes, they will stand up to him and say: No to war. These are just examples of how ridiculous this is to you and me, and how ridiculous this it is to them: it's just two different ridiculouses :)

 
At Thursday, March 02, 2006 1:25:00 AM, Blogger Fouad said...

Yes zwixo, and arch.m, your points are well taken, but as you may very well know, the not so educated people you are talking about aren't exactly checking the net for updates on petitions against war. Those who answer to Jumblatt and Nasrallah and the likes couldn't care less about what you and I think and what petitions we are signing. But forget all that. What irritates me is how we tend to get hung up on gizmos that tend to distract us from the core of the matter. I honestly think that petitions are a mere manifestation of our inability to act in a meaningful and efficaceous way. A little bit like banging your head against the wall in protest to world hunger. Gives you a headache, and maybe expresses your stress and anxiety, but gets you absolutely nowhere. You know what I'm saying?

 
At Thursday, March 02, 2006 1:37:00 AM, Blogger arch.memory said...

Fouad, I completely agree with you. But what would you think is a more "meaningful and efficaceous way"? I am not asking rhetorically here, I am only perhaps having a lapse in imagination.

 
At Thursday, March 02, 2006 7:16:00 AM, Blogger Fouad said...

I say dismiss the "war" postulate altogether. Saying NO to it validates its existence and establishes it as a possible alternative. War is NOT an option or an alternative. This is the spirit we should promote if and when we encounter mentions of war within debate circles. Plant and reinforce the idea that the lebanese people are united above all conflicts, and that war as we've experienced it, is and will remain part of a regrettable past.

The difference is subtle and might appear merely syntactical, yet it remains, imho, truly and utterly fundamental.

 
At Thursday, March 02, 2006 11:38:00 AM, Blogger zwixo said...

yes fouad, i agree, but you never know who's here and then mentioning that 2.654.765 (i wish) people in Lebanon say No to War is kinda... good. And again, i u don't aknowledge it's existance, many other than you do, it's like saying: don't mention Marital violence because you don't believe you'll ever do it, but it's all around you...

 
At Sunday, March 12, 2006 12:01:00 AM, Blogger blogger said...

Considering the latest events and armed attacks among civilians, I find it quite scary some people might be laughing at movements like this one.

Yes, it is true that the people inclined to blindly start a war would not be surfing the web however, the key action here is: AWARENESS.

It is our duty as citizens to make sure we play a part in spreading awareness. We need to understand we are all responsible and we need to assume this responsibility and start acting accordingly.

Joining a site may be a start especially if it aims to do more than just gather signatures (check the following articles from An-Nahar and As-Safir -- if the links don't work, you can find these article at www.nowarlb.com):


http://www.annaharonline.com/htd/MJM060311-2.HTM

http://www.assafir.com/iso/oldissues/20060310/local/121.html

 
At Tuesday, March 14, 2006 7:55:00 PM, Blogger Nouce said...

For those of you who understood the petition as a simple vote "for or against the war": don't u think there's more to it?

Maybe we all should think about the reasons that could lead to a new war and ask yourself if we do/say what is right everyday...

So, for sure, a movement like "say no to war" isn't THE solution to our problems, but it might help lebanese talk about what lebanon is, what being lebanese means...

So I have only one thing to say: go visit

http://www.nowarlb.com

 

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