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Friday, May 13, 2005

Lebanese Entertainment Live Show, Playing Now

Watching the Lebanese political dances and stunts is like watching a circus or a boxing match, really. It’s entertaining and shocking at the same time. But the tragic difference is that if this show doesn’t end soon, a whole country’s future is at stake, and the memories will not be so pleasant to remember.

What started like a big party (by the people, mostly) has now turned into a boxing match (by the professionals). The professionals are all hitting on each other, and the spectators are watching. When they stop momentarily, the show turns into a circus where they start to pull stunts, tricks and take us on wild rides. Then, during short intermissions, rabbits are pulled out of hats or from behind curtains. And after a good night’s sleep, some players get re-shuffled, their roles change slightly, and to make sure that we are not bored, they feed us new stories.

What the heck is going on? The whole thing is a mockery. Is this what the Syrian presence had been "masking" for 14 years, instead of trying to solve it? If Taef was supposed to unite us and protect us, but instead it is dividing us and inviting controversy, then, either Taef was flawed, or its implementation is being botched-up by the politicians, some of which helped to create it.

Who is minding the country? Who is talking about a better Lebanon, prosperous and thriving? All we hear is alliances and positioning. We hear divisions, confusion and unbelievable surprises. We're actually "numb" from the current madness.

It’s been said, ironically, that “logic stops in Cyprus”. Everything illogical and unthinkable will happen in Lebanon because its politicians are so creative and self-destructive at the same time. Where are the basic "values" of honesty, respect and trust?

As a Lebanese abroad, I am disgusted to see this. Judging by current events, Lebanon looks more like a circus or even a jungle, than a civilized country. Not the country I know.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Lebanese living abroad, I must agree with you. It truly disappoints me that instead of thinking to make a better Lebanon, these politicians are more concerned for personal gain....the old senario.

4:05 AM  
Anonymous Maya said...

I don't know how I feel about the "circus" analogy but it's true that the whole situation is a turn-off. Politicians are and always have been, solely concerned with their pockets or feelings of "power". Shame on them! Will we ever change? I don't know... Maybe what we need are new politicians, with different mentalities and different ethics... maybe people from the diaspora who can inspire themselves from Western governments (who are not perfect, who are also corrupted, but less than Lebanon).

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