We are the Victim

29Apr07

I’d like to use a country like Iraq as a model nation to look at, in the third person.

Iraqi media kept on saying for six months that Iraq was on ‘the Brink‘ of civil war, all the while insurgents blowing themselves up in measurable number, the Iraqi media stated that it was still on the brink.

Look at the Iraqi civil war today. The media claimed for months before the tragic massacres that civil war was going to erupt, and scared people.

They showed people demonstrating, and chanting slogans, sending fear into their opponents hearts to react in self defense.

Then, bombs starting going off, then kidnappings.

There is a lot to be said for that.

The sectarian violence in Iraq and the social anatomy of Lebanon forces people to talk in terms of sects. It is our long buried, new standard of labeling ourselves.

When we should be focusing on the main task after the Syrian withdrawal. We all demonstrated on March 8 and March 14 for the future and benefit of Lebanon. This achievement is granted to all of us as a nation. We showed the world we can be highly democratic, even more so than Israel, which holds its civic democratic title.

We were civil, and proved primarily to ourselves to be disciplined people, all under the eyes of the west. Proud of our identity, and especially of our diversity.

We, Christians, Muslims, Druze, Jews and 13 more state we are Lebanese. We all fall under that patriotic banner. Thats one identity we hold. That should be our identity to the external world.

Locally, we are Christians, Sunnies, Shiites, and Druze; This diversity is not a problem, on the contrary, it is another identity (not that we take it very seriously, going to church or mosques), but rather ought take the matter sincerely.

Religions were never intended in changing the world, but rather in changing ourselves, with unintended world-changing results.

An old Chinese wise man once said, that Diversity is the spice of life, where you wouldn’t know ‘one’ without the ‘other‘.

I as a Christian, ‘need’ Muslims, from them, I learn and know more about me, if not to simply, find what is the fuss that makes me different. It is not a matter of I have to live with them. On the contrary. I WANT to live with them.

If we were all from One Color, we wouldn’t notice that color, because it would be the only one that exists. So, we need this exotic diversity.

But nonetheless, religion in Lebanon is an ‘identity’ and we should be proud of it, regardless of what you are labeled.

We… from all sects and political affiliations or ideological inclinations… Love Lebanon. The media today is claiming that the government Loves Lebanon -more-than-the opposition loves Lebanon or vice versa depending on what letter the media outlets name starts with.

Notice that its the same cause. I’m speaking of the people of Lebanon, not our elected minority, which are the people who actually hold our fate and to some degree work for us, from Sayyed Nasrallah to Geagea, to Jumblat to Seniora. We hardly see them in our everyday lives anyway. Have you ever met Walid Jumblat buying a Falafel in Beyrouth?

Not me, but our diverse society IS everyday around us.

Therefore, having them speak in the name of our specific sect, which happens to be the same as some of theirs, affects us, primarily in the first degree. Hence, any talk about sect in our society, cannot be Lebanese, as it achieves only the weakness of the structure of our country as an organism.

I would rather, the pro-government blaming the Syrian government for ANY tragic incidences, and the opposition blaming Israel, than to ever set the blame on my fellow Lebanese.

We are staying side by side for centuries to come. If we were able to magically throw a people out of a nation and claim it our own (which ever side you are on), the Palestinians could have been disappeared from Israel alo-ong time ago.

So, I for one… “want” to live side by side with my Lebanese compatriot. I am not using nice sentences to sway you. This is my honest, and full pledged cause.

Since, I cannot get rid of the ‘other’, I refuse to let any foreign power get between me, and my Lebanese compatriot, because they will go back to their country when things won’t work, and we Lebanese will be faced with each other in Lebanon; In our daily occurrences, our every day errands, building Lebanon… and most importantly, not forgetting to play.

Please read: You are the victim.

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