Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Go Back, Jack, Do It Again


And so the junta has been given a second chance.
The Lebanese people (minus almost the entire Shi'ite community and Aoun's orangeshirts) gave the March 14th movement another chance by acclamation.

What a sight to see - Jumblatt and Saad Hariri holding hands with Samir Geagea and all three bathed in the adoring light of hope from the crowd. What a great photo-op. What a great soundbite, Lebanon united.

I, for one, am not convinced by all the happy-clappy smiles and words. As soon as they were out of each other's sight they were figuring out how to turn it all to personal advantage and stab each other in the back. Sure, great things were said - we want the truth behind the Hariri killing, Lahoud must resign, Hezbollah must disarm, Syria must leave us alone, Lebanon first - but these were exactly the same things that were said almost a year ago.

What has changed?
Why should I believe that this year is going to be any different? I gave my acquiescence to the current government on the promise that the revolution would carry on through every stratum of public and private sectors. The results are in and they are not too promising.

Living the unique Lebanese experience has made us eternal optimists. During the war, not a single one of us could believe that it would get any worse and so we were always saying that the next year would be better. The next year swung around, things got worse and never mind, next year will be better.
I've lived that way too many years to want to live like that anymore - WE don't have to accept that anymore. We can't keep on living in the hope that next year will magically bring all of our hopes and dreams to fruition. We do have the right to demand that our elected leaders provide a modicum of leadership, an iota of governance, a simple step towards the future (no pun intended).

I need a beer. Enjoy your hump day.

4 comments:

Jamal said...

Birrou7, Biddam, nafdika ya (fill in the blank).

ghassan said...

Desmond,
Please count me as a skeptic also. Photo ops are just that. A marketing tool to push a brand by highlighting an image rather than inherent qualities. Don't misunderstand me, I do believe that the three some holding hands is far more preferable to the absent duet at all levels. But that is not enough to make them agents of change. And that is tragic.

desmond said...

Jamal,
All too true.

ghassan,
I bet they're not holding hands now.

dearsyria said...

My sentiments exactly. The threesome were given a second chance to deliver, but unfortunately it doesn't look like they will.