21.1.11

Hasta Siempre

All of us have studied Abou Al Kassem Al Chabbi’s famous poem in middle school:

إذا الشعب يوما أراد الحياة فلا بد أن يستجيب القدر
ولا بد لليل أن ينجلي ولابد للقيد أن ينكسر

Last week the tunisians taught us that these verses (that are actually in their national anthem) are not just simple words.

People demonstrated in the streets, some of them got shot and others were beaten up.
They risked their lives for freedom and liberty of the press and to fight corruption, unemployment, etc…
I don’t know if they will have the government they wanted in the end, but one thing is for sure: they fought for real social causes and they got the system down. 

In Lebanon it’s different.
All public services are corrupted, a champagne bottle in a pub costs more than our guaranteed minimum wage, our hospitals are more like supermarkets (or first class hotels, depending on the amount of cash you have), our youth are leaving the country, our land is being sold for foreigners… and we don’t give a damn!
We demonstrate for political reasons, just because our favorite politician asked us to demonstrate!

And to crown it all, we don’t even know the real reasons behind this “invitation” (or order) to demonstrate. We don’t know the real reasons behind the government’s falling, we don’t know why it takes them that long to make a new government. We just stick to pretending that we know it all and defend our leaders' positions, acts and behaviors (no matter their nature, goal or orientation) while we’re actually just brainwashed to repeat what the media and our social circle say.

I’m sick of the social situation in Lebanon. 
I just dream of the day when we will do like Tunisians:
invade the streets, all of us, from all the different religions and political parties, and oblige all those stinky garlic shopkeepers to leave our country and replace them by truly extra-responsible ones who will give us our social rights ... and who genuinely just give a damn.

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