A long time has passed since the last time I spoke about Lebanese politics on this blog. I got bored, and if you don’t want to say that it’s disgusting, it pisses off, the least thing you can say to describe it is: “boring”.
And I really don’t know how political bloggers continue to post year after year and on a regular basis about Lebanese politics. But basically as it appears, it’s not something that hard to do, the way by which most of those posts are written is a faithful imitation of Lebanese newspapers’ analysis style. Gather some information from here and there; add on top of them a couple of events that happened and extrapolate on the whole mix with your “infallible imagination” and you’ll surely reach the smart conclusion about what happened and what will happen. Pure nonsense.
That’s what most of Lebanese political blogging is all about, at least that’s how I see it, nothing new other than lame proofs to support any of the many Lebanese-style socio-political sectarian dogmas.
Only few don’t follow this ill pattern, they try to talk and point out problems in the whole political system or on the political scene. But even with those guys they never say anything more than “maybe something is burning somewhere” while what is really needed is to yell “FIRE!!!”, but no one does that and the flames continue to grow.
Analyzing the patient:
I don’t want to talk too much, I’m already bored and I don’t want to bore you. All I want to say is that recognizing and understanding a problem is 75% of its solution, so instead of rambling about what is said and done by Lebanese parties and politicians, people should shed more light about actual problems at the root of the chronic Lebanese political crisis.
And it’s not hard to find a motive to do so because our national house is on FIRE. We are severely bleeding through immigration; our economy is something that doesn’t deserve being called economy; the Lebanese republic is a model of perfect failure when it comes to both political institutions and public administrations. The Lebanese people are excelling in hatred, discrimination, hypocrisy, and genetic stupidity. When it comes to national defense, our army even though it has brave hearted men ready to sacrifice blood for Lebanon, always failed to assume its natural role whether on the internal scene or on the borders, just because of sectarian considerations. Yeah and corruption, everyone is corrupt, everyone without exception is corrupt till bones. Not to mention politics by itself; a couple of weeks ago Obama rebuked Mccain for using politics of anger and division in his campaign, and ordinary americans didn’t fall for this kind of low politics, states that are traditionally known to be republican are shifting more and more in favor of Obama. But in Lebanon not only they use politics of anger and division, politics is all about anger and division. That’s what it’s all about and nothing more, things like plans for growth, or plans to combat recession, solutions to unemployment, energy security, education, etc.. improvements, evolution on all sorts of levels are never heard of. The painful truth for me is that Lebanese politics are not achievement oriented; they’re nothing but a low, gangs’ style, struggle over power, and the lebanese people do not have a problem with that!
I know that the problem is complicated and has many roots and ramifications; it has strong social grounds, and grows through the power of politics. But things can be changed, why no one talks about things that can be done to change? No one has the right to say that it’s of no use, if it’s impossible you have to try, all it takes is a breath of determinism, when strategy is adjusted to fit circumstances results can be achieved.
On the planning board:
So what kind of change do we need? No need to complicate the answer right now and fall into the swamps of details. The simple answer is a better Lebanon. And how can that be achieved? The other simple answer is better performance in everything. We have to strive for a better performance on all sorts of levels. Shock therapy must be applied to achieve the required change.
How can we reach better performance well that’s one hell of a topic to be discussed by bloggers instead of what they’re writing about now. Topics that can be tackled, include but not limited to: restructuring public administrations for better performance- A secular political system respecting religious diversity that actually works without a continuous crisis and political stagnation – Lebanon’s energy needs, better performance in terms of cost and security taking into consideration projected growth – Socio- political awareness, better performance of the voter and the citizen – Change in Lebanese political parties in terms of regulation of their work and power and access to money and media (personally I think all these parties should be banned and terminated, to hell with all of them a total annihilation of every single one of them would be nice; they’re all nothing but imported ideologies from east and west that were encapsulated in sectarian frames) – Economic growth, better performance in all economic sectors, search for fields that have added value, more job opportunities, less immigration, less social problems, less acceptance for political slavery as a solution to put food on the table for one’s family – Stronger army, better performance when it comes to national defense, without an arm that has the potential to make a painful strike, no strong foreign policy can be devised and Lebanon will remain humiliated and used to settle accounts and send messages….etc. Really there are plenty of things to discuss other than Lebanese politicians’ talks and actions.
And if you tell me: it’s all words, it’s nothing but more and more talking, my reply is that it would be a start for a new culture, a new perspective, a more correct view to things and that’s how a change must start, in the mentalities so that it can later reach the ground.