Saturday, December 23, 2006

Syrian Hegemony part 2 the revenge!

In the past 48 hours (not the TV series), we have witnessed through different media channels the seizure of a relatively important (and that is me being stingy) stash of weapons belonging to (surprise, surprise!) "Al Hizb Al Kawmi Al Souri:.Mr. Kanso (in his accustomed arrogance and defiance) was very quick to jump and say that those weapons were legitimately buried (in the North of Lebanon) awaiting to be used against our arch enemy (for those of you who are still in the darkness; ISRAEL), all the way from the north (the proximity and the logistics with Syria has absolutely nothing to do with it of course).That was yesterday's speech.Today our very dear Hezballah (the divine power for all Lebanese) not only agreed and reiterated such a statement, but also warned against using such "findings" by the government to suit "their own" political purposes.Well EXCUSE ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1The weapons that were confiscated, by nature do not point towards plans to blow up Haifa, Tel Aviv, or any other Israeli town.If ever I should agree (and I don't) with Mr. Kanso in his saying that this was an old arsenal of weapons that they did not surrender (although they should have, like MOST of the other militias) during the armistice; the nature of most of it can only be used for internal purposes (mainly discriminate attacks such as car bombs and weapons used for political killings).Yet Hassan (in his OWN divine wisdom) and his party speak out loud in their support of Mr. Kanso and his "Hezb" (to those of you who forgot Mr. Kanso's Hezb is called: AL HIZB AL KAWMI AL SOURI", not Al Hizb Al Kawmi Al LOUBNANI).Wake up you narguilleh smoking orange, yellow and green sheep demonstrating in downtown Beirut. Syria is trying to come back meaner and more cruel than it ever was. Their slogan is:"SYRIAN HEGEMONY PART 2, THE REVENGE".

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The silent majority, and the balance of power

The silent majority, and the balance of power.

Tensions are running high in this politicized community of mine. Different colored flags flutter high above balconies, roof tops and cars; along side the red white and the cedar tree in between. Greek symbols sprung out of nowhere in an attempt to give a deeper sense of logic to those who never even heard of ancient Greece and its philosophers. Far from it, those people worshiped one God too many (according to all their beliefs)! And yet the “silent majority” sits idle behind their TV screens just waiting for the worst to happen. MY people talk amongst themselves, analyzing so called facts shoved down their thoughts via non objective Medias pushing forward their own political affiliations. Thinking about what will happen next, and how it will affect them. Little does this “silent majority” knows that they actually hold the key to make a change.
We have witnessed countless demonstrations in the past couple of years, where opposite sides took to the streets; each claiming the majority.
If we indulge in a simple mathematical calculation (and according to different media channels, mainly local) there have been more people who publicly voiced their opinion, than there are people in Lebanon. And still the “silent majority” does nothing. They exchange e-mails, jokes and voice their discontent amongst themselves, sometimes engage in heated arguments, and DO NOTHING.

This “silent majority” holds the future of Lebanon in its hands.
This “silent majority” should now, more than ever, take a stand.
This “silent majority” should speak out loud, and voice their opinion.
This “silent majority” who can not be bought, should organize itself.
This “silent majority” should invade both sides of the streets.
This “silent majority” should elect a President.
This “silent majority” should elect a prime minister.
This “silent majority” should elect a house of representatives.
This “silent majority” should amend the electoral law.
This “silent majority” should take all the reigns of power.

This “silent majority”, should no longer be silent.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Full to the brim

Full to the brim!

Murder after murder, the holly chalice of freedom has now been filled to the brim; and we the people still await “The Sign” from our respective leaders to eradicate the evil from its very roots. This “sign” was once again absent today.

Dear majority leaders, and so called wise men; who hold very very deep in their hearts the Lebanese cause and the well being of us its people; what are you still waiting for?

If you are waiting for yet another martyr, then you lack wisdom. You will no longer enjoy the legal majority and will be decimated (in a legal manner that is) by those who are much less patriotic than you are.

If the stumbling block is the fact that you have not yet agreed on a successor to the present (politeness obligate) President, well at this very point in time, and excuse my frankness, anyone will do not to use derogatory adjectives).

If you fear that the road to the palace will not be safe to your people, then again you lack wisdom. All of us Lebanese know that the army will never stop such a peaceful demonstration (and ours were always peaceful). Each army man will see at least half his family marching, and most will join in.

The “ifs” are numerous they no longer make any sense, and are no longer acceptable. Nothing justifies your absence of leadership and guidance. Today one slogan and one slogan only should have been shouted out loud: “To the palace of Baabda”. Today you have missed out on what might be your last chance of rewriting history in creating a new independence day for a new Lebanon, for all the Lebanese.

I for once, will no longer listen to your rhetoric.



The never ending story

The never ending story!

Another black page has today been engraved deep into Lebanese history. A young man, a son, a father, a husband and a leader has fallen. When will it ever end, or will it ever?

Feelings are running high and national security is now more at risk than in the days of the cedar revolution.
Sheikh Pierre was not only a son, a husband, a father; but most of all a member of the Gemayel family and a leader within the Phalangist party.

On the eve of Independence Day, my fellow Lebanese you should not only remember; but do not forget, that the Phalangist party and the Gemayel family are amongst the founders of our independence (amongst others I admit). The signature of Sheikh Pierre (the grand father of the deceased) along with that of Mir Majid Arslan, Riad El solh, Camille Chamoun, Sheikh Bechara El Khoury …etc are embedded in the flag that will wrap yet another martyr (and trust me, not the last one).

For those who lately have monopolized the word patriotism and call for the fall of the current government I ask:
"What country does your patriotism point to? what cause? Is it that of neighboring countries, or even bigger than that; meaning an old lost cause for a bigger nation, that of the land of the Holly Crescent? Till when do we (true Lebanese) have to pay the price for (what you use as an excuse) the plight of the Palestinian people, and all those down trodden Arab terrorists who can no longer seek refuge within other Arab countries?"
To you I say: "No matter how loud you condemn this latest act of violence, even if you label it as an act of terrorism; the coincidences are too great for me to dismiss. The threats you have repeated on national TV for the past month, claiming that change will come in a democratic and peaceful way; I do not believe. You have a history of violence; your demonstrations were never peaceful and your intentions are known by us (educated Lebanese)."

The hypocrisy of it all came from our dear (sorry I cannot bring myself to call him president) despot sitting high on his throne when called the deceased his son. This illegal dictator has publicly pledged to seek the truth in the killing of Sheikh Pierre, and bring the culprit into justice. Little did he know that a few hours later the UN has passed a resolution with regards to the international court of law (and yes the resolution has passed). Mr. dictator your clock is ticking! This despicable act was today described as a terrorist act by all.

"Do not take to the streets, show refrain, do not fall into their trap, and do not let his blood be shed in vain". All of the above are words of wisdom spoken in a vain attempt to avert civil strife. I do no longer agree. It is time to face our bitter reality. The "entente" is a pipe dream as long as:
We admit traitors (Syrian, and Iranians puppets) within our body of government.
The people in power cannot agree on a replacement for the dictator glued to the presidential chair.
The people do not take any initiative unless called upon.
The spiritual leaders dwell into false politics.

Yes, do take to the streets peacefully, it is your duty to change the destructive course your country was forced to embark upon. Go to Baadba palace and sit in, show your leaders (elect) that they should represent your views and your will, and moreover; monitor the border with Syria.

Never forget that Lebanon is a Biblical Land, and us Lebanese (and me as a Christian) have a duty to protect it.
To those of a different faith I say: "My land is your land"; love it as I do!

biible (Psalms 92:12, "the righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon").


Saturday, September 23, 2006

Enough is enough!

The last iota of tolerance I had left was stripped from me today.
As I was watching the debate that took place on future TV this evening, I was FORCED (just like the war that was IMPOSED on us LEBANESE) to rekindle feelings of mistrust and that the time of reckoning is now at hand.
Before I put forward my views (fears), allow me to assure you that I do not belong, adhere, or agree with any “Tayyar”, nor am I speaking from a deep rooted sense of religious zeal or fanaticism.
If I only comment on words spoken by the representative of Hizbollah, I do it not because I am biased, but because I feel that they are now showing their true colors (and not only yellow).

Dr. Hussein Hajj Hassan got up on his high horse claiming that the ELECTED government (even through appointed through an electoral process that was inherited from Syrian hegemony) was in cahoots, or serving Israeli and American purposes. The discussion (although very heated) went on and on with regards to how “the force of 14th of March entertains relations and meetings with America. Here I would like to ask the following.
1. Is Lebanon in a state of war with America?
2. Doesn’t America hold representation in Lebanon, and Lebanon in America?
3. Doesn’t America have embassies in your sponsoring countries (Syria was praised yesterday for her role in preventing the attack on the US embassy)?
4. Do you intend to restrict our foreign policies, to dealing only with Iran, Syria and Palestine; and any other “pour parler” is automatically labeled treason?
· 20 minutes after the debate, I could not help but think that the Hezb was preparing for a coup d’etat. Is Michel Aoun (your ally), your guaranty to remain outside the legitimacy of any form of government?
· What happened to Tawlet Al hiwar? If you have truly engaged in a dialogue of “national entente”, why did you keep your intentions secret from your partners (since you have agreed, for once, to become partners in this government) ; and more over can your partners trust you ever again?
· Dr. Hussein, you claimed on national TV that the source of your weaponry is secret, and yet you profess that your Hezb is patriotic, and that you support the current president; then how come Emile Lahoud when asked he said that had no clue as to how the Hezb was arming itself. Don’t you have trust in your allies? If not how can you gain the trust of fellow Lebanese (and yet, you claim to have Lebanese interests at heart first and foremost).
· Dr. Hussein, you got infuriated when you were accused to serve the purpose of both Iran & Syria. Humor me if you please (or even if it is within your culture). 3 days after the aggression was stopped, both Israeli and American media started talking about the possibility of holding peace talks with Syria; and Iran’s nuclear dossier was toned down. Dr. Hussein, your not the only educated (foreign education that is) Lebanese.
· A question I would like to ask of you Dr. Hussein: Isn’t part of the doctrine of Hizbollah to create an Islamic state in Lebanon?
· Within the interview you had a heated debate about an incident that took place in Deir Al Ahmar. You claim that check points were put in place. Fine, according to your own words then; how come the priest was stopped and greeted amicably if no check point was there (Do not insult my intelligence please)?
· Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has admitted (and then almost denied) that he did not take into consideration the savage response of the Israeli IDF with regards to the kidnapping of the two soldiers, I grant you that. War started, Lebanon was savagely destroyed; and then United Nations brokered a halt to military actions and came with the resolution 1701 (which you agreed to adhere to). Why are you now against the deployment of UNIFIL on the Lebanese Syrian border? Please explain to me how such a deployment will hinder Lebanese independence.
· Dr. Hussein, in this interview, and whilst your blood was boiling you said that America’s plan for a “new Middle East” was targeted towards Syria, Iran and Palestine; you did not mention Lebanon. Where does you loyalty lye? I feel for the Palestinian people who are deprived of their homeland, but let Syria regain the Golan heights with the blood of its own soldiers, people and their own “Moukawameh”. When in this last war, Israel attacked Palestinian camps with tanks and war planes why were their SAM6 (to say the least) silent?
· Dr. Hussein, allow me to say, that you are not for “Houkoumet wifak watani”, Hezbollah has (and I am convinced) reverted back to its original doctrine. This is clearly stated when you send a clear message to the government saying “do not rest at ease” (ma titaman al houkoumeh).
· Finally, in comparison, your demonstrations were never peaceful (and we have witnessed a few before this last war). The hatred you instill within your followers and the lack of tolerance goes against the few moments of so called patriotism and reassurance your party professes.

In conclusion; me, myself and I; as a Lebanese I have grown further apart in my (now vain) attempt to understand your notion of patriotism.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

I hope the sun will never rise


Before I go to sleep tonight, I will pray to my own private God (and yes he has become mine), not to let a new day awaken. I know that tomorrow will bring more death and destruction, and fuel hatred we can do without. Most of all, I don’t want tomorrow to come, because came a time when I believed that Lebanon had a chance of survival. That I could live in peace alongside people I fought against (and my own private God knows how varied they were). I did accept (not any longer), a difference in political views; and believed in democracy, but not at the expense of my country and my well-being. All warring fractions are to be held responsible and accountable for the harm they have inflicted on MY PEOPLE & MY LAND, yes MY PEOPLE & MY LAND. I therefore claim possession of Lebanon, since no one has the guts to say it.


Friday, July 21, 2006


Prayers for Peace A selection of prayers from various religious traditions.

A Native American Prayer for PeaceO Great Spirit of our Ancestors... Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect, and to be kind toeach other so that they may grow with peace in mind.Let us learn to share all the good things that you providefor us on this Earth.

A Christian Prayer for PeaceBut I say to you that hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons and daughters of G-d.

A Muslim Prayer for PeaceIn the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful.Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has createdus and made us into tribes and nations that we mayknow each other, not that we may despise each other.

A Jewish Prayer for PeaceCome let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that wemay walk the paths of the Most High. And we shall beatour swords into plowshares, and our spears into pruninghooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation.Neither shall they learn war anymore. And none shall be afraid.

A Buddhist Prayer for PeaceMay all beings everywhere plagued with sufferingsof body and mind quickly be freed from their illness.May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may thosebound be free. May the powerless find power, andmay people think of befriending one another.A Hindu Prayer for PeaceO God, lead us from the unreal to the Real.O God, lead us from darkness to light.O God, lead us from death to immortality.Shanti, Shanti,Shanti unto all.A Jainist Prayer for PeaceDo not injure any living being. This is the eternal,perennial, and unalterable way of spiritual life. Forgive do I creatures all, and let all creatures forgive me.Unto all have I amity, and unto none enmity.

A Baha'i Prayer for PeaceBe generous in prosperity, and thankful in a lamp unto those who walk in darkness and a hometo the stranger. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding lightunto the feet of the erring. Be a breath of life to the bodyof humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, anda fruit upon the tree of humility.

A Sikh Prayer for PeaceWe attain God when we love, and only that victoryendures in consequences of which no one is defeated.A Zoroastrian Prayer for PeaceWe pray to God to eradicate all the misery in the world:that understanding triumph over ignorance, thatgenerosity triumph over indifference, that trust triumphover contempt, and that truth triumph over falsehood.

A Shinto Prayer for PeaceAlthough the people living across the ocean surroundingus, I believe all are our brothers and sisters, Why arethere constant troubles in this world? Why do winds andwaves rise in the oceans surrounding us? I only earnestlywish that the wind will soon puff away all the cloudswhich are hanging over the tops of mountains.

Pick any one of these or even better borrrow one that is not of your faith and say it out loud, not once a day, but whenever you feel like it.

Peace to all

Monday, July 17, 2006

Qui a le droit

Your beliefs; as strong as they can be, are yours and only yours. They are not shared by many, and most of all are refused by many (and I am one of them). Maybe in your sick and twisted evil mind you have the conviction that you hold some divine power that renders you immortal; look around you, death is everywhere.
And you, you sit securely in your bunker ordering more destruction and causing mayhem. Who gave you the right to act in my name? I am Lebanese and condemn your actions. My country is being destroyed, my economy run deeper into the ground; and you have the audacity to speak of a just cause. You have embarked us on a losing battle, one not only we can never win; but cannot afford to wage, and yet you appear on TV as arrogant as ever. Granted the ferocity of the reaction to your actions is not justified, but you brought this wrath upon us. Go back to the master puppeteers that pull your strings and take your party with you. Lebanon does not need this kind of evil. I believe in Allah, and yes Allah is great and one day soon he will make you pay a very high price for all the suffering you have inflicted upon us.