Saturday, December 16, 2006

A Tale of Two Governments

The airwaves in the Arab world are filled with debates about right and wrong, as many verbose “experts” (me included) debate the finer points of law and fairness. In reality, there are 3 sides to every debate: Your side, their side, and the truth.

Your Side

A legally elected government (Siniora) is constitutional and cannot be removed by the force of arms or street demonstrations (Hezb & Co.).

Their Side

A legally elected government (Hanieh) is constitutional and cannot be removed by the force of arms or street demonstrations (Fatah & Co.).

The Truth

It’s all about power. In Lebanon, I hate to admit that the parameters are simply more crassly sectarian than ever:

1- Most of the Shiite middle class that emerged after the 1990’s was able to do so because of their increased weight in government control. Any reform along the lines of the Taef agreement (no, it has not really been implemented) would mean increased decentralization, administrative reform, which would result in the loss of many plum government jobs.

2- The Christians feel that had been sidelined for far too long, both by Hezb and Amal government grab and by the late Hariri’s conciliatory attitude towards the Syrians. They are essentially confused; Aoun is going against their interests, but Geagea is far too repulsive to many. Enter Johnny Abdo?

3- The Druze are more mindful of history, and their best interest is a clear application of Taef. This would mean a clear decentralization and a government system that can adapt to a changing environment.

4- The Sunnis play in a different field. At present, Alawite control of Syria confines their leader’s ambitions to Lebanon, where Taef is an acceptable solution to a deal-makingLebanon; their field of interest will have to grow larger… “Greater Syria”, Anyone? middle class made up of merchants and businessmen. If Hezb and the Shiites continue to obstruct them in

5- The Alawites are in charge of Syria, and were once in control of Lebanon. They never had it so good, and would like to go back to the good ol’ days. The welfare of hatever middle class has emerged is linked to their absolute control. To maintain this, they align themselves with Irandestroy Lebanon than lose it. Hence the wildcard: now, and would rather

The Wildcard

Hezb is an Iranian army. Period.

Because of the source of its funding and logistical support, ALL its “supporters” are essentially Iranian troops. They have little other choice; since the 1960’s, NO ONE supported them. The downside is that Hezb has hijacked the Shiite community, to serve Iran’s bidding.

How much more blood to quench Persia’s thirst for Revenge?


Through Gracepeace said...

تبرىء الكلمات في القلوب

ثم همس الرب في قلوبنا...
الكلمات تصل حيث لا يقدر السلاح

سألنا حكيم قريتنا، كيف ينزل الدفء
على النفوس والشيطان
قد ألقى بسمومه المفضلة
خوفاً ويأساً وكراهية
على القلوب البريئة
كما الرماد من محرقة السعادة

كيف تنام عيون الايمان
وسرير الأمل
تفترشه ملاءة القنوط الشاحب
وعيون الحنث الفاسدة
تنتهك حرمة الكلمات المقدسة
وتسعد باغتيال هدايا السماء

وسألنا :كيف يبتسم الخير
ويصفع الكره الفضيلة من وجه الخجل
و أتباعه يشوهون ويحرفون فى نفوس ضحاياهم
حتى يصل الاعتقاد
بأن الإثم فضيلة والقتل عدالة والكره هو الحب

تحدث الحكيم
بصوته الخفيض وقال
أن للشيطان أتباع
يغتسلون في أنهار النبيذ في حادي*
وبعشق السخرية الفارغ
يحصدون نفوساً مغشوشة جنيت بمنجل الانتحار

مستحيل أن يكون الطريق إلى الفردوس مرصوفاً
بجثث الأبرياء - عبر نهرٍ من الدم
اعتنقوا مد الحق وجزره الرائع في قلوبكم
تقبّلوا الشك والعار أينما كانوا
لكي تدركوا أن النفس تسعد بالعطف وليس بالانتقام

سطع صوته كالضوء وقال:
ابحثوا بشجاعة في أعماق قلوبكم
بلا نفاق ولا خداع ولا إجحاف
وحين تلمسوا الايمان هناك
ستنزل الكلمات الالهيه دواءً للقلوب
مثل مطر أبدي يجذبه البحر دائماً
حتى يرتفع ليملأ حرم النفوس
بودٍ عميق هادىء ويغدو سلاماً
على شواطىء العزم الالهي.

[أرض الموتى في الأساطير الاغريقية*

أبريل 2006

R said...

Interesting comment above...

On another note, any take on the "tayyar shi3i 7orr"?