Tuesday, February 14, 2006

More of the Same

We, proud and vociferous Lebanese, have undoubtedly established a keen ability to gather in hundreds of thousands, all brothers, all sisters, holding hands, waving flags and banners, in memory of defunct leaders and in the name of a persistent cause.

But as we're able to gather, are we truly together?

And as we rally, are we ever able to really act?

Those are the questions that make half a million lebanese seem to me more like a lentil soup than a rally, or for that matter, a revolution.


Blogger Raja said...

Fouad, you're right. However, ask yourself this: how many times has this lentil soup been made?

It is our own job as individuals to go back to Lebanon and challenge the social order. Politicians will be politicians. People would rather stay as they are. So let us appreciate this massive serving of lentil soup while it lasts.

As with everything in Lebanon, things look much better when you're looking down from an airplane. It is up to us to change that.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Samer said...

Fouad. I agree with you. I don't think you will find any perso nin Lebanon who doesn't want to be free. But what is freedom? Is it breaking the secterain ties? Is it agreeing on who is the enemy of the country?

I think that as long we are plauged with sectarianism, I don't see any hope that we will change. Syria is out, somebody else will come and ride our back. And there is only ourselves to balme.

We have to define what does Lebanon mean to us. Today there were thousands at the Martyr's square, but also there are thousands more who didn't attened for different reasons. Maybe they are looked at as enemies of the state. Why? Just beacue they have a different point of view.
I think the beat person who described Lebanon is Ziad Rahabny, especially in "Shee Fashel".

2:40 PM  

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