Greetings and Good Day,
“In common usage, theft is the taking of another person’s property without that person’s permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it…The actus reus of theft is usually defined as an unauthorized taking, keeping or using of another’s property which must be accompanied by a mens rea of dishonesty and/or the intent to permanently deprive the owner or the person with rightful possession of that property or its use….” Theft, Wikipedia
One might ask how the Minister of Agriculture in charge of the file of the Trash in Lebanon, dries his tenderness when he goes public on TV shows or press conferences? How do his eyes almost full of tears react to the tireless effort to convince the constituents about his intent? Does he use the printed money of the central bank to dry his tears?
Following the poor arguments used by Mr. Akram Shehayeb to go ahead with his wrong plan, we need to remind him that so far no funds were given to the municipalities and that the transition period of 18 months does not carry any cost reduction/waiver on behalf of the Lebanese state/citizenry, leave alone the unacceptable stance to reopen or widen landfills. We do commend however the minister for his acting skills, and drama capability, highly rehearsed in a Hollywood style. But his plan won’t go forward; it is a simple way to extend the status-quo without any tangible result for the constituency. The minister needs to lessen his stubbornness and hypocrisy and increase sharpness while implementing immediately the emergency plan proposed by the Lebanese Eco Movement.
The minister seems adopting a simplistic tenure in considering opposition to his plan irrelevant, and he is selective and cherry picking when insisting on his way forward. There are other ways to proceed and one of these is to adopt a transparent approach in this national security file, emergency must be declared now, several assets for transportation deployed and lots of lands selected for treatment and recycling, the civil defense corps to be put in action, and quarries restructured to deal with leftovers.
Whenever the minister will keep up his arrogance and continuously hide behind his finger, then the government is clearly indicating that corruption remains high on the agenda and that no scenario is at the horizon other than confrontation in lack of any rational solution. This implicates in absence of results from the national dialogue, a full stream venture by the social protest.
We need to remind the government that all his components are affiliated to foreign embassies, leagues of Lebanese politicians roam always in Saudi palaces asking for cash, as much as others queue at the residence of the supreme leader in Tehran to get economic advantages. Until recently the Muhajirin palace in Damascus was a Mecca for some Lebanese politicians.
Thugs of the Lebanese politics, Dons of the worst quality, professional thieves, profiteers and liars do not impress us. Better they declare their own assets, their belongings, and list their properties to accede to a minimum of transparency and modicum of decency. Scandals like COGECO, cartels of Oil and electricity, Bankers profiting from bonds, Prince lings of trash, benefitors from cronyism and nepotism, oligarchs, monopolists, impromptu brokers, real estate magnets, developers of money laundering schemes, etc,,. are all synonyms of the mafia in power in Lebanon.
If there will be a confrontation we the Lebanese people are up to it, and these morons, gangsters and corrupt outlaws, should rest assured they will dislodge the public scene sooner than later.
There is no benefit or national interest in keeping ineffective and inconsequential elite in place, change is coming and this is a certitude. Rejuvenating and renewing the political landscape is an objective of the popular protest in all its mushroom movements.
We the People stands guilty in the accusation of using IPODS, reading newspapers, learning lyrics, watching movies, chanting rhythms and blues, expressing opinions and gathering in public space. We the People stands guilty in the accusation of proposing viable alternatives in the Trash dossier and readying solutions for all the rest of the files ranging from electricity to security passing by water, refugees, and education.
We the People is innocent though from the accusation of embezzlement, corruption, foreign allegiance, treachery, treason, inadequacy, irrelevance, disinterest, squabbling public money, raising the public debt, mismanaging the state, bankrupting the finances, illicitly ruling the nation, threatening the national security by weakening the armed forces in a struggle with Lebanese sons and daughters.
Shall I add something? Isn’t the deafness of Akram Shehayeb an incurable disease? Shouldn’t he resign and rest his soul reading a book in one of his residences? And the answer is yes, therefore to him and the rest of the cabinet we say loudly without any equivocate, do not test us.
To the mafia in power we say, stay put or adopt the emergency plan. You are thieves and thugs and we are acquainted with passion, emotions, principles, cheap talks, poetry, prose, science, fiction, literature, inventions, jobs, work, labor, sacrifice, determination, resoluteness, effectiveness, humility, thoughtfulness, failures and success.
Perhaps Nabih Berri, Walid Joumblat, Nicolas Fattouche, Ahmad Karame, Nouhad Machnouk, Sejean Azzi, etc…, journalists on payrolls, TV anchormen who sold their anima, corrupt bankers, gang entrepreneurs and others need to refresh the meaning of thug.
“Thug, a common criminal, who treats others violently and roughly, often for hire” Thug, Wikipedia
A salute from the civil society and the citizenry to the courageous stand of the social protest that could pierce horizontally with a multicolor, dynamic and beautiful form all the vertical divisions imposed on the nation state.