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Yo What up?

First, my apologies to my brethren inside and outside of Lebanon. I haven't been able to really do any blogging in the past year or so. What is going on? Seems like things have slowed down quite a bit. Any hope of reinvigoration? I would like to hear peoples thoughts on this matter.

Please give some thought to commenting on this post.

Lebanon has always been misunderstood. We are a very diverse bunch with many competing opinions. But there should be an arena online where we may all gather and express those opinions together. Violence or those advocating violence should not be a part of this arena.

Haven't we had enough?

The situation is on a knife's edge in several ways. Although I'm not blogging on it, I'm keeping close attention to what's happening from a distance. I know people are tired. And tired of the status quo. We simply need change and along with change comes fresh faces. I said that from the beginning and I'll say it again now. How can we achieve change that is fair for all parties involved? That, of course, is the question.

But the old status quo is hard to break from, similar to bad habits.
And Lebanon has a bad habit of regression. Not even regression, perhaps it's just stagnancy. As if we're stuck in a feed-back loop of insanity.

I'm not by any means saying Lebanon isn't thriving now. Because there are some bright spots. But we should be doing a lot better than we are now.

We need more cynical optimism.

I always have more to say. I just wish I had more time to say it.
That'll be all for now.

I hope everybody is doing well. I've missed ya.

11 Comments:

At Sunday, December 30, 2007 7:15:00 AM, Blogger M Bashir said...

Allah yakhod bi yaddik w y ha2i2 amalik :-)

 
At Thursday, January 03, 2008 5:23:00 PM, Blogger Christoph Dinkela´ker said...

Dear Bloggers,

my name´s Christoph, I am a 24-year old Germany Student who has lived in Lebanon for some time and engaged in research in Lebanon. At the beginning of this year two colleagues and I went to Lebanon to do survey among 1500 lebanese at more than 20 faculties about political and religious values.

For a class at university I am these days preparing a fictional Memorandum of Understanding between Hizbollah and Mustaqbal as the two most powerful actors of the opposing camps in order to overcome the current crisis in Lebanon. I´d be grateful for critics and remarks wether the approach is realistic, about the inaccuracies, main misconceptions etc.
Before stating the fictional Memorandum I am going to list the main interests of the respective movement and the main accusations towards the other.

You can forward this email to friends.

Here´s the blog: alsharq.blogspot.com
Thank you for contributing!!! Best Wishes!

Christoph

 
At Friday, January 04, 2008 7:10:00 PM, Blogger Voltaire said...

I believe that Lebanon is trapped in this position of stagnancy because there is a general lack- amongst many of its citizens, including bloggers, and some politicians- a lack of accepting the reality of the current political environment.

From speaking to many, and reading many thoughts of people, the overwhelming opinion seems to be, 'why can't we just find a solution that everyone will be happy with and get on with our lives'. That is wonderful, but until people become a bit more politically active nothing is going to happen.

My opninion is this: Let us work with what we have. In order to achieve a form of social stability and bring out the so called 'fresh faces' on to the political scene of tomorrow, one needs to start right now. Let us use what we have.

My opinion is honest, I support the 14th March coalition. 14th March, and the Siniora headed government are democratic. It is because I belive in democracy and because the 14th March coalition's politics reflect my own that I support it as a coalition. I am aware that some politicians and parties involved with this coalition have a corrupted or bloody past, but I am also realistic. There is never a political utopia and the circumstances are different now than what they were back in 1975.

14th March is the only existing movement of political action that is moving against Syrian hegemony and the current stagnant situation of Lebanon is due to continued Syrian attempts to destabalise the country. All the talk of 14th March being an Israeli/US puppet is falacious propaganda used by Syria's allies in Lebanon.

In order to break this stagnancy and go towards a positive progression, 14th March need to take decisive action against Syrian interference, and it is my opinion that we should be part of this front.

Democracy is not a political ideology. It is the platform that allows socio-political ideas to be debated and sometimes implemented.

Syria is killing our democrats. It threatens future democracy in the republic and this means that the republic's social stability is also threatended. There is no social stability without democracy. Syria is not a socially stable country.

If we must defend ourselves then it is a reality we have to face.

Damascus regime must go.

 
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rom this side of the pond it is all too easy to see Mc Cain as an avuncular benign conservative . This is 'conservative ' sans neo.
He must shed the wretchedness of the neocons and yet remain an attractive candidate to the GOP faithful.
But his POW status notwithstanding is it sufficient to reward a man who was probably heroic in Vietnam , with the Presidency just because he does'nt appear to have any skeletons in the cubbard.
There are some murmurings about shady dealy but they seem far too nebulous to make manifest allegations against him.
But from hear I'm hearing a language which speaks with some derision about the white flag.
If the war is a failure and they have to leave as ignominiously as they did after the fall of Saigon it would be far more noble and compassionate for the servicemen in Iraq that they at least negotiate a truce and withdraw with some degree of honour.
But will they do that and leave the big capitalists there , and moreover lose control of oil in the Middle East , which is what it was always about.
MC Cain comes from a military family , something he is not afraid to trumpet as if it were that he was handed the keys of the kingdom ; the heir of his patrimony .
We like to think of him as 'a bit Irish , even if he does'nt make the claim as overtly as he might.
Mr MC Cain has made his position on Iraq clear enough to forewarn the electorate.
What about Iran . Would he show the restraint to nuke or otherwise interfere there.?
What about the road to Baghdad being through Jerusalem , ;the implication here being that if the USA were seen to be honest brokers in establishing dual statehood for Israel and the Palestinians ; would he be as partisan towards the Israelis as the Bush administration has been ?
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diverting the water from these farms .; strangulating the occupied territories from essential supplies ,
I have served as a doctor on 6 missions with the UN , have visited these farms , have had discussions with young Israelis about their alleged hegemony and military supremacy. Most are conscious of their ( Israeli) disproportionate war in Lebanon - which was mostly against Lebanese citizens and destroyed an economic and infra- structure the Lebanese had struggled so hard to reconstruct.
I have seen the devastation in Northern Israel ,caused by Hamaz rockets launched from Southern Lebanon .
I have also seen the resullt of operation Grapes of Wrath , launched by the Israelis on civilliant sheltering in the Fijian battallion HQ and the memory will neber ever leave me.
I have visited the Holocost Museum and was equally revolted .
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He would certainly refrain from any designs in Iran.
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This is the most defining time for the US sense of equality , freedom , and the right to pursue happiness. ,
Could the avuncular Mc Cain succeed in this very fragile area while he still talks of the reluctance to use the white flsag , domethin heseems to disdain with a loathing
rom this side of the pond it is all too easy to see Mc Cain as an avuncular benign conservative . This is 'conservative ' sans neo.
He must shed the wretchedness of the neocons and yet remain an attractive candidate to the GOP faithful.
But his POW status notwithstanding is it sufficient to reward a man who was probably heroic in Vietnam , with the Presidency just because he does'nt appear to have any skeletons in the cubbard.
There are some murmurings about shady dealy but they seem far too nebulous to make manifest allegations against him.
But from hear I'm hearing a language which speaks with some derision about the white flag.
If the war is a failure and they have to leave as ignominiously as they did after the fall of Saigon it would be far more noble and compassionate for the servicemen in Iraq that they at least negotiate a truce and withdraw with some degree of honour.
But will they do that and leave the big capitalists there , and moreover lose control of oil in the Middle East , which is what it was always about.
MC Cain comes from a military family , something he is not afraid to trumpet as if it were that he was handed the keys of the kingdom ; the heir of his patrimony .
We like to think of him as 'a bit Irish , even if he does'nt make the claim as overtly as he might.
Mr MC Cain has made his position on Iraq clear enough to forewarn the electorate.
What about Iran . Would he show the restraint to nuke or otherwise interfere there.?
What about the road to Baghdad being through Jerusalem , ;the implication here being that if the USA were seen to be honest brokers in establishing dual statehood for Israel and the Palestinians ; would he be as partisan towards the Israelis as the Bush administration has been ?
Remember that while Bush visited the region for the first and only time in recent weeks , that even when he was talking about realigning historical borders , at that very time the Israelis were actually continuing with their carve up of occupied territories; dividing farms , denying farmers from access to their olive groves ;
diverting the water from these farms .; strangulating the occupied territories from essential supplies ,
I have served as a doctor on 6 missions with the UN , have visited these farms , have had discussions with young Israelis about their alleged hegemony and military supremacy. Most are conscious of their ( Israeli) disproportionate war in Lebanon - which was mostly against Lebanese citizens and destroyed an economic and infra- structure the Lebanese had struggled so hard to reconstruct.
I have seen the devastation in Northern Israel ,caused by Hamaz rockets launched from Southern Lebanon .
I have also seen the resullt of operation Grapes of Wrath , launched by the Israelis on civilliant sheltering in the Fijian battallion HQ and the memory will neber ever leave me.
I have visited the Holocost Museum and was equally revolted .
The mutual distrust is manifest in everything everyday.
The situation there and elsewhere requires a less belicose voice than Mr Mc Cain's .
It requires the vision , imagination , compassion of someone like Obama.
One senses that despite his relative inexperience , his mind is suffeciently open to be that honest broker.
He would certainly refrain from any designs in Iran.
Maybe mine is a naive hope , but we all look to the USA for a renewed international integrity . We depend on the US for stability in world economics.
I would plead with the uncommitted American voter to take pause .
This is the most defining time for the US sense of equality , freedom , and the right to pursue happiness. ,
Could the avuncular Mc Cain succeed in this very fragile area while he still talks of his disdain for using a white flag

 
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