This is a quick description of what to expect today from different parts of the Lebanese population…
Anyone else wondering why the head of Hezbollah is abnormally silent these days regarding almost everything going on?
I mean, a week into the Egyptian revolution and we had already gotten a speech about the greatness Egypt was going through. And yet, a week into the Syrian revolution and the Hezbollah camp is more silent that a mute person.
This takes me back to a point I made earlier, about the hypocrisy of said party and leader. When things are going their way, it’s very easy for them to come on TV and issue a speech about it. But when their second most trusted ally in the region is under fire, the same arguments given to support what was going in Egypt and Tunisia and Bahrain suddenly go down the drain.
Aren’t the Syrian people deserving of life and freedom and everything that you said the Egyptian people deserved? Aren’t they deserving of democracy and a leader that doesn’t bash them left and right? Or is that only applicable when the leader is loyal to you?
Moreover, Al Manar TV, also known as Hezbollah’s TV, said yesterday that the March 14 camp might be behind the Syrian uprising.
Syrian TV said the protests are filmed in Tripoli, Lebanon and March 14 is behind them as well.
I have a few questions to ask:
1) Do you really think this makes sense?
2) Do you think that if it did make sense, the March 14 camp has the resources to do a whole uprising in Syria?
3) Do you think if the March 14 camp even had the resources, they’d be able to use them in Syria? They’re struggling to get themselves together in Lebanon, let alone a country that is as hostile to their existence as the Iceland volcano?
Too many questions… too little answers and one whole load of bull.
These are the pictures I took of the protest. This post will be updated when my friend sends me the pictures he took with this professional camera.
If you’re wondering why I decided to participate, you can check out my reasons here.
1. I’m participating to let the old senile man, accusing me of not existing anymore, know that I am here to stay.
2. I’m participating to let the whole world know that I am not to be taken for granted.
3. I’m participating because I need to bring my country back to where I chose it to go in 2009.
4. I’m participating because people seem to have forgotten how horrible it was when Syrians had control on the country.
5. I’m participating because my view of the best Lebanon does not include armed militias that can do whatever they want, whenever they want and expect you not to do anything about it.
6. I’m participating because I do not approve of political hypocrisy – one that has become all too common today.
7. I’m participating because I refuse the notion that having an opinion in Lebanon makes you part of the “herd.”
8. I’m participating because I don’t want my future to be one involving being stranded on doors of embassies and getting a colonoscopy in airports where my country is blacklisted.
9. I’m participating because while we were the “angels” in this country, it’s high time we be its devils (in a peaceful and organized way, of course)
10. I’m participating because our martyrs, who died to keep this country free and sovereign, should not be forgotten.
11. I’m participating because in a world that is bleak, the concept of justice is one that will keep a light on.
12. I’m participating because I believe it’s high time we take a stand with what we believe in.
13. I’m participating because I want to.
While going back to my hometown today, I was surprised to see counter ads to the ones spread by the March 14 forces.
This is a picture I found online of one of those ads:
For those who can’t read Arabic, this reads as:
[The people want our arms surrendered]
And Israel wants our arms surrendered as well
The Islamic Resistance
The apparent meaning of this is quite clear: They want to make people notice that Lebanon’s mortal enemy *gasp* is supportive of the agenda that the protest on Sunday is adopting.
But if you think a little deeper about it, this is Hezbollah’s way of inferring that Israel might be behind this movement.
I hate to break Hezbollah’s bubble again, but Lebanese people wanting its arms to be surrendered sometimes goes beyond Israel’s existent wishes. Sure, Hezbollah being weaponless is inside Israel’s wishing scope, but the Lebanese people have gotten fed up with Hezbollah flaunting its arms left and right. This is a case of: If you got it, DO NOT flaunt it.
In addition to that, Hezbollah is also launching a counter-campaign on Facebook titled: “Mbala”, which is Lebanese for “Yes”. Yes for what? Let us see.
According to Hezbollah, we’re supposed to go down to the streets to support it and say yes to its arms because these arms have:
– returned our pride and glory,
– have liberated our land,
– have protected our families and us.
I would have gladly given those three points to them without even thinking twice about it had the date been March 11th 2001, a few months after South Lebanon was liberated from Israeli forces. However, 10 years later, where do we stand from this?
– Because of Hezbollah’s arms, I had to stay home for two weeks in 2008 because they decided to go into a near-civil strife rampage in Beirut, just because they felt like it.
– Because of Hezbollah, my family’s vote in the last parliamentary elections, against it and its allies, has basically been equated with junk. Why’s that? Because they decided on one Tuesday to send out its personnel, dressed out in black to the streets of Beirut, reminding everyone of the aforementioned point, basically telling everyone that we can do whatever we want whenever we want and there’s nothing you can do about it.
– Because of Hezbollah, our economic boom that started in late 2005 got reversed into a severe economic breakdown when Hezbollah iniated the 2006 war against Israel. Yes, Hezbollah was the main cause of that war and hiding from this fact will not change it.
So how did you, dear Hezbollah, protect me and my family since 2001? Against a war that you initiated? It was your obligation after all. Did you return my pride when you paraded around my university campus with your allies killing people left and right just because those people you killed decided to oppose you? And what land did you liberate since 2001? And do you honestly think you could have even liberated South Lebanon if Israel hadn’t been pushed into implementing U.N. Resolution 425?
As far as I’m concerned, all of this boils down to you and your arms becoming more or less useless. It’s the harsh truth, but it needs to be said. And you want people to come down on March 20th to support you? Is this your way of retaliating to those whose only reason of going down to the streets in 2 days is you attempting to suppress their voices?
Yes, we are going on March 13th. And if I hadn’t been 100% convinced, I am more than convinced now. Why’s that? Because the amount of hypocrisy in this country has become unsupportable and Hezbollah wears the hypocritical mantle with the best possible fashion.
They equate you with being a traitor or an Israeli-supporter whenever they feel threatened. And they’re a bunch of tyrants as much as Israel is. So to them we say, we are not Israelis. We are pure Lebanese, whose minds are only for Lebanon.
So on March 13th, let us all go down as a testimony of our belief that Lebanon will never prosper under a mandate of unlawful arms is unacceptable. Martyr’s Square will be our testimony on Sunday