22.7.13

Lebanon; blogs and "Revolution Action"*

As Rana’s reaction to Samah’s post started during his holidays in my homeland, I felt quite obliged to participate in this small debate about what could be better in Lebanon. You might say that I, as a Swiss guy, shouldn’t do it, but when I read that Samah is the male version of my beloved, I found that scary enough to react (no offense pal) and a look from outside upon a situation is always a good thing. I won’t say anything about the vision that the ones who are writing in this blog have of Switzerland, as it’s mostly true, but it seems that they forgot something speaking about revolution and all this kind of political rebellion.

Most of the "arabic-spring" countries didn’t have a war for the two or three last decades; which is not really the case in Lebanon. The egyptian or algerian people started riots and fights because they saw that as the only way to change their country, to fight fire with fire; but down in Lebanon, where it's always a diplomatic state of war, as no cease-fire agreement was ever signed; the reality is quite different: the country is engulfed in violence since several decades, and, from my point of view, the denial that Rana mentioned in her post comes from the fact that Lebanese are just fed up with all this violence. They reject a violent revolution, war and all the ghosts of the past, they already fought enough in the last decades, now, what they want is a peaceful revolution, the kind that doesn’t imply guns, bomb-tracks and urban guerilla. They just want to fight war with peace, corruption with honesty and betrayal with loyalty. You don’t believe me? Ask your friends around you about this topic, and you might realize that I’m quite right about it, and I disagree with Rana about the fact that this peaceful revolution hasn’t started yet. 
Just check out the Lebanese blogosphere, it has already started: independent journalists are reporting true facts, people are expressing their disagreement with the government, trying to gather people around them to find pragmatic solutions; people are informing each other on what’s really happening, leaks appear to alert people about what’s going on. People are exchanging their opinions outside the traditional faction against faction-logic, they are doing something that is new in Lebanon: using their freedom of thought and independence, outside the traditional partisan system; and they’re doing it with the most powerful weapon of all: the truth! This truth can make people change their minds, showing them how wrong they are and makes them leave a war which is lead for wrong reasons. If the power of truth makes people put their assault riffles down, then the politicians lose their power, and they’ll have to leave the stage making place for something new.

This phenomenon has already begun and will make things change in Lebanon, not as fast as street riots or politicians hangings but it’ll be the Lebanese way of changing the country: violence and corruption are part of the actual system, to make a tabula rasa, you’ll have to get rid of this system by opposing it to something else, something right, something new for the country: peace and honesty.

* by Atari Teenage Riot

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