Once again, Ain El-Remmaneh flares up… Well, almost.
Yesterday, when some fine lads decided to block the street with burning tires, a few persons died. It was not the fumes who got them, just some stray bullets that were fired in the air…
Or Through the Air?
As in, like… horizontally... Either way, a few things were clear; Hezb does not have exclusivity anymore.
1- No exclusivity over the country’s thugs. Not since last January… Yes, they may have the most formidable fighting force, but the conditions of civil strife are different. When such chaos ensues, the coming flood will wipe us all. All of us. First, the layout of the country will ensure that no winner will emerge from within the country’s borders. Second, since regional interests have changed, and the current sectarian divide will ensure that it will not be limited to just
2- No exclusivity over indignation. Yes, there will be much indignation over yesterday’s assassinations (what else?), but the grief is shared across the board. And Hezb showed poor judgement by their show of force so soon after the assassination of a key policeman. They also showed a dangerous arrogance by placing their goons close to such a sensitive “border”. Even if they believe their own crapola, and if the Evil Zionist Empire had really committed all those crimes, why not go to “
3- No exclusivity over excuses/reasons to be pissed off. That power cuts were the reason for their ire is disingenuous at best; not has the nation’s electricity has been their playground for the past 15 years, but all of us suffer through its incompetence equally. In
Since it’s too much too ask to help build a normal country that could invest in technologies that can help, expect more power cuts, and more expensive “generator bills”… And more thugs.
Lucky for us, this time, they all missed the bus.
But I doubt the wise leaders of both “sides” learned their lesson in the current standoff. And, as they keep pushing on those sectarian buttons, sooner or later, the accumulated stress will reach the breaking point.
For now, they have managed to stay “just a little bit pregnant”…
But it won’t last long…
No one can be sure as to “what now”, since it increasingly appears that we’re moving beyond the election. But one fact should give us pause; after the shootings, the second “wave” went into Ain El-Remmaneh “unopposed”. This ensured that a little anti-Christian pogrom could ensue.
Last time something like this happened, it saw the “formalization” of an alliance between Aoun and Hassan to pave the general’s path to Baabda.
And this time?