The Lebanese Christian dilema in the 2009 Parliamentary Elections

03Jun09

Ideology… takes decades to refine.

Forgive my bluntness, as a bias observer only to the Christian seats in the Metn Area, more precisely one seat, actually it’s the difference in number of votes. I really don’t care what the other goons are doing, they’re lowering the standard of what to expect. Also, I have stated my predictions as it has become the “fun thing to do“. QifaNabki has published a pre-election prognostication wall-chart. Fill it out at your leisure.

…and I don’t really profoundly care if Aoun sweeps the podium, I expect him to take a majority, with a shove-it-in-your-face attitude, as he proudly portrays. I wish his movement, and the brainchild behind that movement the best of luck, and really do hope they win, and get the single largest block in parliament.

But really, ideologically speaking. Christians attend the same schools, live in the same neighborhoods, go to the same churches, and fundamentally and finally, is a tribe, or several tribes, a bunch of people. Living on mountain tops bordering the mediterranean sea. and we’ve been there for a long, long time. An area which deserves to flourish if given the chance to be, and hail its Lebanese identity. What else would the Christians in Lebanon expect it else to be? (very much open to suggestions)

The true ideological conflict, is with Hezbollah today in 2009. And so the question is raised.

Does the answer c. of Sheikh Sami viable? or does the a. Tafehom with Hezbollah going to guarantee our safety? is the project short term or long term? and will it affect our way of life?

You Judge & You Vote!

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One Response to “The Lebanese Christian dilema in the 2009 Parliamentary Elections”

  1. I honestly don’t see the dilemma.
    These elections are not a referendum on Hezbollah’s weapons. These are simple parliamentary elections through which the quadripartite oligarchy is going to maintain its power.
    Even if all Christian parties declared that they were against Hezbollah’s weapons, what would that change? What sway does the Christian parties have in Lebanese politics? Do you honestly believe that Hezbollah will agree to disarm if all communities (except the Shiite) and their respective leaderships decided that it should?
    The press and politicians willingly ignore one central fact pertaining to Hezbollah and its weapons: they enjoy the full support of a majority of Shiites! This is true even though most Shiites do not support Hezbollah religiously. And a Lebanese consensus (excluding the Shiite community) against Hezbollah’s weapons is not likely to make the Shiite change their mind… quite the contrary. It will only increase their mobilisation behind Hezbollah.
    I find Sami’s argument vacuous…


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