A good friend of mine sent me this article and asked me if i can share it with you. Here it is:
Let me introduce myself: A former Aounist. Between brackets, the commonest joke around the street these days is "Q: what do you call a neutral Lebanese? A: a former Aounist"!! What makes this joke eerily black is the fact that it is sadly true. For the tenacious-dare I say- few who remain devoted Aounists and who look at us, their former brothers of the cause, in disdain I write this piece. May it help you in understanding the shift in "our" thinking.
I am not, nor will I ever be a political analysist. Whoever might critique my piece by pointing out to this fact, I tell you from the start: You are right, I am not a political prodigy. But do I have to be? I am a citizen of this country who once believed that the Syrian "presence" is wrong and found in the figure of Michel Aoun the embodiment of this idea. The Syrians left, Aoun came back. Although on the surface, he seemed to have become more than a sympathizer of the Syrian regime, I and many Aounists refused and still do refuse to believe that someone who spent 15 years of exile would suddenly become a staunch supporter of those who exiled him. No, this is not why I am no more a Aounist; nor are the general's alliances the cause for that shift. What makes me question my former stand is the general's amazing ability to focus on one goal and march to accomplish it without blinking, without caring for the disastrous consequences. Yes, the current government may have made many mistakes; yes the current government may not be representative of all the Lebanese, and yes the current government might have all the flaws that one can think of. But does this justify camping in the capital's heart for long days and nights thus putting numerous businesses and hundreds of employees out of work? Does this justify blocking roads, burning tires, and preventing people from moving freely? Does this justify the arrogant, hatred-fueling television talks? And most importantly, does this justify playing a role in bringing the country to the verge on an explosive civil war? Aren't there any other civilized ways to ask for changes?
The above questions are, I believe, legitimate. As a Lebanese citizen, I have the right to hear answers. As a Lebanese citizen who witnessed an atrocious and completely meaningless civil war, I have the right to ask that it never gets repeated. No matter what the reasons are, no matter how right the demands are, Aoun and others do not have the right to jeopardize the country's already shaken status quo. As a Lebanese citizen, I have the right to ask for no more hatred, no more years wasted in futile wars.