When it comes to Lebanon, our 99% and 1% extend to more than just the economic situation. The division also applies to our dealings with Israel.
If I, a Lebanese with no political backing, was found guilty of leaking information to Israel and whatnot, I’d be thrown in jail for life.
When influential people, like Fayez Karam, are found equally guilty of the same crime, they serve a meaningless prison sentence of two years – just as a formality – because such connections with Israel cannot go unpunished.
Conspiracy theorists most of whom happen to be pro-Fayez Karam will shout lies and fabrications at his trial. Those who are more reasonable will ask: why would Fayez Karam be framed to begin with? How could his arrest be political if those who are in charge are basically his own team?
The fact of the matter remains that if you weren’t belonging to certain political parties with Hezbollah blessing, then your treason is to a higher degree of severity. So yes my fellow Lebanese, even when it comes to those that we consider have betrayed our country, we have classes.
There are the Fayez Karams who can get away with it relatively unscathed.
And there are those like you and me who, if God forbid had dealings with Israel, will have their whole lives ripped away from them.
We shouldn’t be upset really. In a country where double standards has become the norm, why should treason be any different?
On a related note, you might want to check the Israeli Saar Szekely’s debate on Israeli national TV. I find the points I raised there very poignant to the discussion at hand.