He scared the hell out of March 14

Last night, I didn’t have time to w comment on a piece of news that I read. I decided to write something when I am trying to kill time between two flights. I read the short speech of a Lebanese MP threatening March 14 coalition that he will leave the coalition if March 14 accepts Hizballah representatives as ministers in the future government.

Wow Hizballah leaders couldn’t sleep that night. They stayed all night trying to figure out how they can be member of a government if this young deputy is refusing their existence in the government. March 14 members were trying to find out how they will try to convince him to stay in case they decided to have Hizbullah in the government. The Lebanese population were tryifigure prepare for what comes after he leaves March  14.

On a serious note, he screwed my day before I travel. Had to assist to several meetings, solve several problems, attend to an emergency at work and at the same time wondering how Bachir Gemayel would have reacted if he was alive and heard his son yesterday. Would he have said:”It’s no longer possible that whenever a new government is formed, each of the twenty-four ministers wants to bring his village and his group and put them in power.”

Gof bless his soul, his son was elected because his father was Bachir. I would him to really leave March 14 and see if this move will change anything in Lebanon. On the other hahis inte sentence from his dad, his fist pounding the table would have changed many things. Firkh el bat ghiri’

Samir Geagea… you are also responsible

Yesterday, in the memory of the Lebanese Forces (LF) martyrs, Samir Geagea, the head of the LF, held Hizbullah responsible for the situation we have reached in Lebanon. From my side, I hold Mr. Geagea and politicians like him also responsible for where we ended up.

In the past few years, few had opposed Samir Geagea political decisions in the open. Many resented them but didn’t open their mouth and thought it could be a political maneuver from Geagea side. Those who opposed his decision the gates of hell was opened in their faces and ignorant were unleashed to attack, not the political speech, but the characters of those who opposed publicly. It is to note, the LF supposed to be fighting and struggling to establish democracy in Lebanon. Allow me to open a parenthesis, Geagea still believes that the Arab Spring and not Lebanon example will bring democracy in the Arab world. He still didn’t see what happened in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and his neighbor Syria. Parenthesis closed. Back to the subject. Why Samir Geagea is responsible and his likes for the situation we are in today? Well isn’t he supported the election of President Sleiman, who in his first speech declared the famous slogan “The army, the resistance and the people”? Isn’t Samir Geagea who agreed to join a government that took its confidence from the parliament for its famous slogan: “The army, the resistance and the people”? Isn’t Samir Geagea who called Hizbullah a resistance, a legitimate one?

If few people saw such decisions will end up giving control to Hizbullah, didn’t Samir Geagea see it? Didn’t he see that his political decisions let to the situation we are in? Correction, his political decision helped to lead to the situation we are in. Some say it was a maneuver. Well guess what? If it really was, he failed too.

So maneuver or not, his decision and the decisions of other politicians like him led us to the situation we are in today. Hizbullah only took advantage of their political ignorance.

Geagea, Saad, Nasrallah, Aoun, ….. all of failed the Lebanese people and led them to the edge of a sectarian war. A war that the power of triggering it are not in the hands of Geagea or his likes.

Smell of death

We thought that we will not have to smell it again.

We thought that those days are over.

We thought that after all these years of war and destruction we had learned our lesson.

We thought we will not see death on streets anymore.

We thought we will never see burned bodies in their cars anymore.

We thought we will never have to pick up people by pieces from streets, balconies, …

We thought we will not see red blood mixed with car oil, firefighters water, … on the streets.

From Dahyeh (Beirut suburb) to Tripoli (North Lebanon), the angel of death passed by and reminded us that we were wrong.

The ugly faces and speeches of politicians brought us back to reality. Lebanese are bunch of ignorant, bunch of fool, bunch of idiots for marching and clapping for these politicians.

The angel of death will keep collecting lives in ugliest ways as long as these politicians are running the country.

They all denounced the car bombs the first day. On the second day, they all showed their ugly faces and their rented mouth. Yes their rented mouth, because each one of them is bought by a regional or international power. The game of blaming began and none of them really cared about the innocent blood that was shed on the streets from Dahyeh to Tripoli.

These politicians and their supporters are partners in slaughtering the country.

To bomb or not to bomb

For the past two days the news buzz around is “to bomb or not to bomb”. According to American intelligence sources, Assad regime used chemicals weapons on his people. The results over 1,400 people killed. A friend wrote on his Facebook status something interesting and maybe many had missed. He asked how come the U.S. is ready to bomb now when a chemical weapon was used and didn’t intervene while thousands died in the past 2 years. He asks what is the difference between killing with a bullet or a bomb and being killed by a chemical agent.

I replied to his status about the radicalization of the Syrian opposition and how the western media and intelligence reports state that Jabhat al-Nusra is leading the opposition in several parts of Syria. What I get is an ignorant reply from another member concerning Sunnite-Shiite. Well this ignorant and his reply are not worth debating here.

I would like to raise another point, how come the U.S. gave Syrian a free hand in Lebanon from 1976 to 2005? How come the U.S. allowed the Syrians to kill thousands of Lebanese, displaced half of the population, assassinated any political leaders that opposed the occupation, kidnapped thousands … ? When this Syrian regime sided with the U.S. in its war against Iraq ( In August of 1990 Iraq invaded its neighboring country of Kuwait), it was given the green light to launch aerial and ground attacks and occupied the last free regions in Lebanon.

In short, human lives do not count when there is a common interest. The Syrian regime should have been stopped long long long time ago. It shouldn’t have been allowed to enter Lebanon in 1976, it should have not given Lebanon as a trophy for siding with the U.S. in its war in Iraq.

Are the lives of those killed in Lebanon during the Syrian occupation and those who died in Syria in the past two years are less important than those who were killed by the use of a chemical weapon?

How come U.S. officials had no problem sitting on one table and sharing bread (see picture) with a president and a regime that they know have killed thousands of people and they just remembered yesterday that its an ugly and monstrous regime?

 

 

 

Knowing Bachir

On August 23, 1982, Bachir Gemayel was elected President of Lebanon. The best way to know Bachir is to hear his speeches. The following is taken from  Taken from the article:  The voice of a commander and statesman: Bashir Gemayel  by Pete Ajemianis a New York-based researcher and Contributing Editor for Arab Media & Society.

Speaking as Lebanese president-elect (September 8, 1982):

I come here today to request that you not pull an Ahmad Saeedii on me. I’ve come to request that when you have any apprehensions, to reveal them publicly with all due love an respect for me and others, for it’s necessary that the truth be said. And you in radio and all other forms of media, it’s your responsibility to speak the truth, since when it’s you who make the people live, make the ruler live, make officials live it’s as if everything’s fine and as it should be.

[If you say] the security forces are sent down to West [Beirut], and the army is dispatched, and they threw rice, sugar, perfume, flowers, and whatever else, but in reality this isn’t happening, then you’re cheating the army, you’re cheating the state, you’re cheating your situation, you’re cheating public opinion, you’re cheating everybody, you’re not providing a service to the people.

If the army or the Security Forces were to be sent somewhere, TV reporters go down to check it out so we won’t be cheated, so we don’t lie to the people anymore, so we don’t lie to ourselves about our situation anymore. We no longer want [military] television inspections. We should do an inspection in silence between us as accountable people; we no longer have the right to cheat the people… (section of video omitted) (beginning at 2:25) The ruler needs someone to tell him the truth, and maybe we got what we had from ’43 until today because there was someone to reach up, make people kiss his hand and say, “Whatever you want master;” they kiss his hand, and they placate him as much as they can to win [his approval]…

[The media] show him on television as much as possible, drag out his speeches as much as they can, and show his picture and put on his family, village, and clan. These things, I beg you, let’s do without them, it cost us a hundred thousand dead, all these things cost us our children, it cost us our homes, it cost us our sovereignty and independence, it cost us the horrible situation that we were living in for the past eight years with all the cocktails of armies [imaginable] on our land.

Tell the truth, speak honestly as it is, and give everyone their due. If the president deserves credit then give it to him; if the Prime Minister deserves credit then give it to him. If the president wants to make a speech for 30 minutes just to be on TV cut it…

[If] the Prime Minister wants to have an appearance every Wednesday, and if it has no added value then it shouldn’t be put [on air]. If ministers have nothing to say don’t put them on, but if they do keep them on for 24 hours. But if there’s nothing then there’s nothing.

Things from now on should have meaning. Things from now on should have value. Starting today things will be one plus one equals two. They don’t add up to eleven – From now on the situation will be that everybody will have their own responsibility Each one of us must bear his own responsibility. No one should bear someone else’s mistake, they should bear their own – because after today I hope to that I will be able to work [within a system of] reward and punishment. He who works correctly should be honored, should be raised up, should be respected; it should be acknowledged that these people have worked. He that totally screws up (khabas) with good intentions we should treat him in a tactful way, [but] he who screws up with bad intentions we’ll say to him there’s no place for you here.

Clip II

We will help to create correct social security, to create a social apparatus that can decrease the burdens for all citizens, but the state as an administration is not able to carry these burdens. It’s not able to carry these vestiges. The administration should be scaled back it should be purified. Purified doesn’t mean that everyone who didn’t vote for us we send them home, no. Or everyone that doesn’t say “whatever you want master” or “long live [the ruler]” like they did in the past, no. It should be scaled back. It should be corrected. It should be cleaned.

Like Sheikh Pierre [Gemayel] says, an administration in the hands of the ruler should be like a chisel in the hands of a sculptor. Today there is a sound ruler who needs a sound administration. A ruler who will be sincere, clean, and honorable, he needs an administration that will also be responsive to these aspirations and views.

This is the model that I will try to follow even if they try to smother me from all sides with laws, protocols, personal connections, bribes, etc. I hope that I won’t be influenced by these things and I’m not usually one of those people who are; I am not one that would be overwhelmed by these issues, or I am not someone who is running for parliamentary elections, or for a ministerial nomination, and the presidency I did it you all know how… you know these things aren’t very influential with me…

I come with a purpose that is very specific: 10,452 square kilometers… I come with a purpose that is very specific that after today our children will no longer be killed like they were killed in the past, our homes will no longer be destroyed like they were destroyed in the past, our sovereignty will no longer be violated like it was violated in the past, we will no longer have a state of disorder, because a country, a nation, in all the meaning of the word, we will pay its price. (speech continues)

 

Sex offender deported to Lebanon

According to Global News, a Lebanese man (Louay Khalil) was deported from Canada on July 17, 2013 for “serious criminality”. He was convicted of two sex offences. One of the charges allegedly involved a developmentally disabled woman. He served his prison term in Canada and now he is in Lebanon.

The question that poses itself was Mr. Khalil been questioned once he entered Lebanon? Was he put under surveillance? Were his neighbors notified of his crimes in Canada? Who is doing a follow up on him? Who is making sure that he doesn’t commit similar crimes in Lebanon?

Chapeau to Sejaan Azzi

A car bomb late Thursday afternoon went off on the main road between the Al-Roueiss and Bir al-Abed areas of Beirut’s Hezbollah-stronghold of Dahiyeh, leaving at least 27 people dead and 230 injured. There are different ideas on who placed the bomb but this is not the subject I am tackling in this article.

This car explosion wasn’t directed against a political leader, a military on security official from Hizballah. It was placed to kill innocent people or maybe supporters of Hizbullah. In short, its purpose is to kill civilians, spread terror among Lebanese and maybe put a final sword in the Sunnite-Shiite relation in Lebanon.

Regardless of the purpose behind this bomb, March 14 leaders failed to grasp a major opportunity to close the schism between the shiite community and the rest of the Lebanese. The first day, March 14 leaders declared their sorrow for such bombing and the next day used this bombing that killed innocent people to attack Hizbullah involvement inside Syria. Some, like MP Nadim Gemayel, went further and held Hassan Nasrallah responsible for this attack due to his policy in Syria. Yet none of March 14 criticized the involvement of Sunnite fighters in Syria. It is to note that Sunnite fighters entered Syria way before Hizbullah decided to enter the battle. Never heard them opposing using Lebanese borders to send sunnite and Qaeda fighters from Lebanon to Syria.

As usual, they failed in making a step that might have helped our situation in Lebanon. Only the Deputy Head of Kataeb party Sejaan Azzi did so. He visited the place of the bombing and stood with the innocent people. He didn’t attack Hizbullah political stand and instead he used this sad moment to call for unity among the Lebanese political party.

Chapeau Mr. Azzi.