Sunday, July 16, 2006

This too Shall Pass



My friends, my brethren, my people, my big extended family spread farther than the eye can see, my souls, my bloods, the reason I am alive and still willing to live, I beg you, I beg you as my fingers tremble and my eyes well-up with tears, brace yourselves, join the broken bridges with your outstretched arms, fill the gaping craters with your unwavering pride, build and rebuild with the torn bodies of those who have fallen, keep together, raise the chants of unity, be not afraid but strong, be not angry but resilient, be who you've always been, be alive, stay alive, for this too shall pass. Do not give in to violence, do not embrace it, for there is no victory in killing, but there sure is one in faith, in strength, in unity, in peaceful resolve. The enemies of this nation cannot wipe it out of existence, they cannot kill us all. The hate-ridden hearts and bitter souls will not thrive. They will not persist. What is of stone can be rebuilt a thousand times over, and what is within us, our history, our abiliy to brave all dangers and rise from the rubble stronger still, is what they cannot and will not take away. I say this as my bleeding heart traces its thirty-one years on the streets of the land it fell in love with, the land of giving, of divine inspiration and beauty, the land of all things sacred and all things cursed, I say it as I helplessly watch my land disappear in a dark haze of destruction and death, because I know that this too, as bleak and tragic as it is, shall pass. Just brace yourselves sons and daughters of Lebanon, be strong so I can be strong, survive so I can survive, for you don't know you are all right here with me in this small room in Nashville, and my heart, my spirit, my tears, are with you, today and everyday until a better day comes, until a better life comes, until the very end of time.

30 Comments:

Blogger laila said...

nothing will break us.nothing.
long live Lebanon.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is only so much the lebanese can take. Unity with who, nasrallah had declared that he is not fighting the war of lebanon, Or hezbolah, but the nation. who the f-- gave him the right to have lebanon fight the war of a nation that doesn't give a shit. Why doesn't he fight the war of "the nation" in the nation and leave us alone. This is so frustrating. I can't take this anymore.

Lebanese.

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pliz can u tell me from where did u get the pic ...

btw great blog u've got ... & keep safe to all lebanese, i hope this nightmare will just stop AND SOON.

1:03 PM  
Blogger laila said...

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1:12 PM  
Blogger laila said...

leik anon,

we can spank nasrallah on his big fat butt later. so spare us the whining for now. what we need to do right now is encourage our people and let them know we will get through this no matter what. khalas grow up wlo. ouffft.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeslam temmak.

1:15 PM  
Blogger hillz said...

foad,
can we post what u wrote on LBF?
i am asking ur permission to post there..
waiting for ur reply

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will not get through this until nasrallah realizes that he did a huge mistake and fix it somehow, because they will not stop hitting us until then. So I think he needs to spanked on his big fat ass now, so we could get through this.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is the Lebanese army?

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great words Fouad

Jade

3:52 PM  
Blogger manal yusuf said...

inshalla it will be over for Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Soudan, Soumalia and all the arab countries that is under a diffrent kind of accupation.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pliiiiz the piiiic!

4:11 PM  
Blogger the perpetual refugee said...

Fouad, you are the best.
But then again, I expect nothing but excellence from Lebanese people.

Long live Lebanon!

4:13 PM  
Blogger Mirvat said...

this is what i needed to hear now. thank you fouad, thank you. i am so proud of you and all of you.

anon 12:48, i thought we're worried about the dying now. maybe this will answer your question.

http://mirvat.blogspot.com/2006/07/united-we-stand-as-lebanese-against.html

6:01 PM  
Blogger Ramzi said...

Fouad, great words indeed.

But why can't I shake off the feeling that ours is the fate of the sand castle by the shore, condemned to being washed away and rebuilt again and again by scores of children who try and hold back the tide?

Still, grab a shovel and I'll get the bucket.

6:29 PM  
Blogger Mirvat said...

fouad, akhadna soura ana weyyak lazet the bldg mzakkar, we wa'ta kaanni na'et ana 3a beirut.. i was complaining about how were are... i wish i was still complaining about that..

albna awi ya fouad.
ya rabb
mama bkheir?

6:33 PM  
Blogger Fouad said...

anon 4:11 pm and earlier, the pic is from an old deserted building on a connection between Hamra st and Spears. Hope that was helpful.

Mirvat, I am sorry I can't remember which bldg, but I hear you... mama is ok so far. May everyone be safe from harm.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Zee said...

vvNo sand castles anymore Ramzi.
The poison had been injected deep, long time ago.
Today we suffer the consequences of our neglect, and I said our neglect...
Lebanon will arise again after this has passed and establish a society serene in it's beauty.
I have no doubts.
And I stick with Fouad on this one: You can't erect the dead by killing, nor can you rebuild ruins by creating more rubble.
It is strange to say this in this context, but my view is that there are "fading" and "rising" nations in this world. Lebanon is a raising nation despite it's present obstacles, Switzerland (my home turf) is a "fading" nation despite of the absence of obstacles.
All this might make little sense to you and I wouldn't mind to explain it further, but perhaps not in this forum.
Anyhow, Israel is to be categorized in the second batch, the "fading" ones. Perhaps something to keep in mind for the long run.
Of course above image is not very helpful for the present situation.
The present commands that violence and destruction has to stop.
There is a demonstration in-front of UN headquarters in NYC Tuesday afternoon. Please come to support us to stop carnage, or at least raise awarenes of what is going on. See Mirvats blog for more details.
I know showing up an raising your voice in NYC will not cure the root of the problem,
but doing nothing is not alright either.
We tried that often enough.
That never worked.
Peace.

9:21 PM  
Blogger born2bloved said...

This is the beginning of something that is stronger that we can even comprehend. It is a war that has been written since the beginning of time. Lives will be lost and time as we know it will be marked as a turning point in history. My heart bleeds for the poor souls that are drawn in the middle due to the governments that only want to dominate the land. My prayers are with you.

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anesthesi, Israel said...

I wish the Lebanese people all the best. May no citizen be killed any more. May the war be ended soon, and your state rehabilitate.

12:11 AM  
Blogger redfox said...

Fouad
Your words are a great comfort for those of us stuck in this living hell. Keep writing. I'll keep reading...As long as we still have access to internet that is. I have a feeling we are heading towards complete blockage and darkness...

2:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"raise the chants of unity"
good, with words, indeed.
I hope those are not just words thrown in the air.

5:51 AM  
Blogger Haider Droubi said...

i wish this is the last tragedy the east will go through...i always felt there s something brutal in the horizon...i thought it will not happen during my life,,i thought it will be later,,,against what i expected ,,it came so fast..now i believe ,since it came...let it be ,,,let it end ,,and save the generations to come from this conflict....

the young generation of lebanon now understands what s going on in a better way from all the old ones that caused,or participated in the civil war including the arab generations,...this is comforting, and indicating that this step is to re-build lebanon,,in a way where green trees will live longer...

long live lebanon

7:06 AM  
Blogger BZ said...

Thank you for your words. They have helped me try and deal with the rage i am feeling as i watch innocent people murdered by israeli forces, powered with US weapons my tax dollars paid for.

All the best to the people of the middle east...

8:30 AM  
Blogger [ j i m m y ] said...

thanlks fouad. your words are soothing to our broken hearts.

i am sure we will rise again.
long live lebanon.

8:32 AM  
Blogger rouba said...

fouad that was beautiful
let's pray this horror ends soon.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Beny Shlevich said...

Even though I'm an Israeli, I must say that was a wonderfully written post, and it's very touching.

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Indian said...

I am an Indian. Deeply pained by the untold human suffereing that your country men are going through. You are absolutely right , my brother, in saying there is no victory in killing...but there sure is one in faith....The world needs men like you. My heart weeps for your people. I pray for peace in Lebanon...a beautiful country that I hope I'll visit someday.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You write very well and with great passion. I wish you well and an end to your troubles...This too shall pass is my favourite saying..it gives great hope

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am an American who is often shamed by what is done in our country's name. There are many of us who see the difficult problems of history. Violence will only bring more violence. My prayers are for you and yours!

10:01 PM  

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