posted by Hilal CHOUMAN @ 12:40 AM
Hilal, I Have no doubt that you love and hold Lebanon in very high regard. That is obvious and must not be questioned. What I find difficult at times is what I perceive as your effort to suggest that in order to demonstrate caring and compassion for Lebanon you have to accept the role of HA. To my thinking it is not so simple. Actually I would argue that my level of caring and attachment to Lebanon is second to none but I cannot for the life of me accept the role of HA in a free, democratic and secular Lebanon. Actually I am convinced that had it not been for the misguided actions of HA Lebanon would not have had to go through the horrific experience that it is going through right know. Let me very simply ask you whether Lebanon of today is better off than what it was on July 11 of this year? I would hope that you would agree that the over 1000 deaths, almost 1000000 refugess and the level of destruction and mayhem that have befallen the Lebanese over the past almost four weeks have not advanced our case a single iota. If anything they have been nothing short of a total loss that could have been avoided i.e. if you accept Lebanon of July 11, 2006 then I do not see how the current Lebanon is an advancement on the previous status quo. Do not misunderstand me, I was not a fan of the trends of economic policy of the country then , actually I had always longed for a more equitable distribution of income and a better sense of social justice but I fail, for the life of me, to understand how this war has advanced the domestic agenda. I have maintained for a long time that HA and a sovereign state cannot coexist simply because HA does not believe in the sovereignty of the state and is more than willing to advance the agenda of a non Lebanese party. Could we have an intelligent , mature dialogue that would not disintegrate immediately into name calling and charachterization of the other. I am looking forward to your response because you strike me as a sincere and mature patriot.
Ghassan,What is there to discuss. Lebanon is Lebanon, and Hezbollah is Hezbollah. They cannot co-exist period. The Shia benefitted by supporting the Hezbollah as they provided social services, education services, hospitals, money to poor, and gave the Shia a voice in the parliament. They gave to the Shia what they had been deprived of for so long.This is why the Shia support the Hezbollah. However, their hold on power is tenious at best. The poor shia dont want war, they dont want to wipe Israel off the map - this is the dreams of meglomaniacs in Iran and Syria - not a poor housewife, or farmer in south Lebanon.What is important to the shia of the south is to provide an education to their children, feed their families, take care of the ill parents, work, lead a productive and prosperous life for their families and perhaps even go on a vacation or two...The idea that the Shia will die to support Hezbollah is the greatest lie, that helps strengthen the Hezbollah. The people support them because they see that at the end of all this, they are going to have to rely on Hezbollah to rebuild their houses, help develop their neighbourhoods, and provide them with social services and jobs.If the Lebanese govt would show these people some more compassion, let them know that at the end of this we are all going to be there to support them, we will rebuild their hospitals and schools, and make sure none of them is going to have to live on the streets, then they will support the governemt, and help eradicate the Hezbollah for once and for all.But to expect the Shia to turn against their only source of income, jobs, services, protection and voice in the nation, then you are deluding yourself and others.I know that if I were a Shia in Lebanon right now, I would be feeling very worried about what the other communities feel about me, would they see me as a traitor for supporting the Hezbollah, or would they treat me as a Lebanese like them...In this situation, I would suppport Hezbollah, because, I know at least, if they cant protect me from the Israelis, at least they will be able to protect me from the other Lebanese.Just my two cents...
ghassan, i will respond later this night. I am at work now.as for LebExile,ur view of the situation is not complete. it is not a matter of social services-bride. and by the way all the parties in lebonon has their own source of social services.
ghassan consider the "before and after" post as my responce.
Nice clip....just over 2 weeks ago we took life, beauty and peace for granted...we should have cherished them better...when you know that all can be lost...prevention is better than cure!!! that's what any reasonable human would have done.
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