Greetings and Good Day,
This is an open letter to the Lebanese Civil Society, followed by an interact and the reply to the daughters and sons of the republic,
Lebanon Speaking Up,The popular protest: evolution, dilemmas, strategy and the virtuous project for Lebanon.
Good Morning dear Lebanese civil society in all your colorful variety and beautiful purity!
Subtle observers of Lebanese affairs concord, that this tiny nation rivets an importance, which exceeds its geographic size or the geological physics of its total area.
Analysts agree that what emerges so far clearly, from the social protest, conducted by some mushroom movements, a small part of the bigger, comprehensive and wider “We the People”; is that no single person or association, no group or NGO can claim the trade mark of the popular uprising.
The popular protest and the social refusal that emerge from within the civil society, against the heinous practices of the Lebanese confessional and fascist state, are a healthy sign of dynamism and vitality; and a wake-up call from apathy or passivity, albeit insufficient so far to alter the equation of state mismanagement, environmental detriment and of the imposed status quo in robbery, eradication and inadequacy.
Lebanon is an equation of valor for some; it merges several diversities including the secular one, and a multitude of confessions. It applies a constitutional parliamentary democratic system, although its same constitution was repeatedly obliterated since its inception.
Instability, or creative daily chaos as raison d’être seems to be the secret of different eras for others, where coexistence suffered greatly and international arrangements had to ensure periodic truces between contenders.
Lebanese citizens residents and abroad, perhaps like to define their uniqueness in interpreting the spirit of freedom, by continuously “projecting goodness on the butter of their anima” in a poetic and metaphoric sense.
Yet expanded consensual practices in the politics of Lebanon altered the significance of good governance. Vertical divisions affected the system of the state; the government of laws became a rampage of assets as per allocation between ineffective politicians, greedy confessional sheikhs and cardinals, militia warlords or filibuster exploiters of the concept of orange reform and/ or holy resistance.
From another side, profiteers, thieves and thugs, transformed a down town reconstruction, which followed the existing, and yet to be fully implemented, constitutional national accord; into a unique opportunity to accumulate national debt, to impede any state budget transparency thanks to Mr.Sanioura and co., to speculate on a multitude of transactions, to relax all regulations and to embezzle public funds. Robbery Inc. is the registered trade mark of all politicians.
The actual second republic reached its corrupt zenith and there is no light at the horizon. Failure propagated in the social tissue and confused the impotent and idiotic political elite.
Disco’s are in rage while healthcare is not functioning, leave alone the armed forces obliged to execute, without sharing conviction in irrational orders to subdue the society; or needy families who lost hope by embarking killing waves sold by merchants of death.
Trash coupled to maladies morphed and threats to the national security abounded. Foreign policy is only expressed by a confessional group with foreign allegiance that monopolized the collective decision to go to war.
Gangsters, militias, traffickers, outlaws, dependent judiciary, failed generals, public sector employees, pseudo bankers, ministers, MP’s and monopolists, activated nepotism and affiliations, aggrandized the perimeter of collective dependence, of general escape from individual rights, and transformed the public living into an inflated, unregulated and indebted Ga-Ga.
Make no mistake, this network of spiders, is an association for delinquency tout court, consigning the nation to the masters of usury, erasing any serious control by the citizenry.
Waste of public resources is recurrent and some three months ago, social and popular protests erupted after July 17th closure of the landfill of shame. This culminated by the dissemination of national discord, because of the mechanization of the political failed elite, and its effort, to hinder the purity of youngsters and defeat their inexperience. Commandeering the armed police into abuse, repression, compression and oppression, yielded only urine tests coupled to imprisonment and enslavement of dignity.
Lebanon once a founding member of the United Nations, of the Arab league and in possess of a UNESCO patrimony, holding a magnificent historic heritage, lost its compass. Demonstrators were tear- gassed, surrounded and imprisoned and sued by inappropriate laws, by “FARAMANS” and military courts. The standstill is resonant and the future is black.
Similar to Lebanese oil dormant on the sea basin, illicit dealer’s efforts are ongoing to hypnotize the people in an eternal sleep far from their sacrosanct rights, within legal and universal checks and balances.
“People have lost faith and became weary of this never ending crisis.… They look forward to a better future, but lost the taste of combat” a very dear friend Ms. Joumana Faddoul, elaborated.
The malpractice in the expanded consensual Lebanese system, erased differences between political parties, and they all became equally responsible for the collective failures. The impossibility to decipher clear lines of responsibility, empowered by the total lack of accountability renders further proof of Institutional blank.
The collective achievement of the mafia in power is reduced to control a mob trying to regain innocent access to public squares, and to permanently extend the mandate of the parliament and its legislative committees.
His Corruption the speaker, a paradox of representation, is perpetual alike his hailers or avers. AVE NABIH is the gap separating the Lebanese population, those at home are subjects to their leaders, while those abroad freely contribute to their hosting societies (in Canada where recently 4 Lebanese descendant parliament members were elected, in South America, Australia, and Africa, or even Singapore where the newlywed Christelle Harb is living).
Indignity is paramount in the public sphere and there is a major need to assess the situation, and envisage useful steps for the upcoming future. Illegitimacy is redundant and deafening, abuse is exhaustive, injustice is cancerous, economics are meticulously drowning, and idleness and joblessness are propagating, as much as strikes and shortages.
The second republic became only a number, 2.
While it is true that the establishment is a unified monolith in responsibilities, with clear and compelling immobility, a fact that derives from the outcome of ineffective dialogue sessions, and from the proven impossibility to fill institutional vacuums, especially after 30 empty attempts to elect a president so far. In the same token, it is also remarkably true that only the civil society and what emerges from it can shake and break the stalemate.
How can the social protest, daughters and sons of the civil society pursue peace and stability? Which tools the popular protest can undertake to transform an amoral repressive Lebanese state into an optimist, flourishing, and harmonious, democratic and representative one?
Transition is delicate and sensitive. What do you think is the best course to exit the status-quo, which strategy to follow? Stays put as a public protest or evolve into a political factor for effective change?
Should the Lebanese protest unite under a same umbrella and take power? Incurring the risk of being perceived as impostors much similar to the mafia in power?
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A fracas is heard and I am being forcibly interrupted.
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The reply of the civil society to the daughters and sons of the republic,
The Civil Society relentlessly moved its curly hair and said with a profound voice: Who is knocking on my door?
Don’t you know that a population who lived since the inception of humanity on a grab of land, those who invented the alphabet and the coin for trade, will extricate themselves eventually! Stay out of this and Keep the people moving in their daily lives, learning, and working, go- getting here and abroad, why bothering? Furthermore why should I give you gnome citizen a free advice to build a state for all, while you are drunk by your usual and resonant selfishness and egocentricity?
Astonished I replied, dear civil society, say your word, converse or be tacit forever!
The civil society stared at me and said:
Kid, my beloved Son,
Don’t be arrogant; we don’t want to cross from a fascist state to another.
How dare you add on me more weight than the one I already carry? I survive the seconds animatedly and grow confident eternally, life is a mystic of creation and Lebanon is a fruit to bear. Our tiny nation already registered so many waves of emigration and immigration, during centuries, in both directions, our hospitality is famous and our incompetence and pervasive chaos also.
Do you think you can repair hundreds of years of occupation, colonialism, divisiveness and pseudo independence?
Shall I remind you that expectations and perceptions are not reality and that protest is not representation? I am sure you are aware that representation also shifts the same as science does. American cancer society is now recommending women have mammograms later and less.
Let us analyze your options.
While it is paramount to elaborate a plan, a project based on short, medium and long term phases, it is also necessary to realize that your dilemma needs to be solved rather than lived.
You can remain a mumbo Jumbo popular protest, with contained risk and well known costs, accumulating small gains, while your action is confined to clear limits that you can’t trespass. The outcome will be to add pressure, while incapable to change the playground.
Or you can evolve into a political force, a consequential factor of change, augment your risks, keep constant monitoring on your costs, and potentially add a lot to your possible gains, if you deploy a successful policy.
Becoming a political force will project on you, leverage to modify the political spectrum, although you will become subject to deals, betrayals, secrets, while the international and regional players will circumvent you to ply you constantly as per their own interests.
Daughters and Sons of the popular protest!
Let bygones be bygones.
Do you want me to elaborate about the Middle East, the regional problems, the local struggle, the neighboring war? Or shall we stick to facts without rhetoric?
Starting from a description of the present, I can easily assess diffused bad governance and a state of divisive tumult in many 20th century nation/states. In an area where infinite specifics, cultural definitions, intellectual norms and small characterizations tend to protect the nucleus or the groupings, social ties tend to elevate history to perpetual synchrony of codes, image and replications. It is a matter of learning, ethics and exchange, to become familiar with thoughts basing governance on freedoms, elections, taxation and services.
As you know states are being reconstituted and Russian choppers in Hmaimim are simultaneously flying with US A-10 warthogs in Incirlik. Consider my prediction with care, there is no better time to negotiate an agreement with Russia vis a’ vis Syria than the next 3 to 4 months and today a meeting will take place already between power brokers on this regard.
Yet with all diplomatic implications, the Lebanese model isn’t any exception; it’s all about taking power and exerting good guidance.
Are you sure you want this? Can’t you see Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Kurdistan, etc…
Do you want to become Finland/Poland or Somalia/South Sudan? What is your target?
It is more about opportunities to citizens in terms of labor and entrepreneurial spirit rather than educating consumers to open markets, red tapes and briberies.
I can see ahead a long way for you, where you will remain a popular protest with some innovations introduced for some six months on the short term, while preparing for a national political conference in the spring on the middle run, نطالب_بمؤتمر_للحراك # , and advancing your siege on the state to take power on the long term.
Daughters and Sons of the republic,
So much so, assuming you will work on the 3 phases, it is obvious that to get there you need to focus on what you achieved so far as a popular protest and strengthen your stand. Beside you need to activate a mechanism where you transparently elect a corpus of your own representation, to speak both with the civil society and with your antagonists.
You already and wisely envisaged before, that only the civil society can determine mobility and exit the status-quo. Hence you need to call on local delegates to manifest their will and emerge ( 7irak el Jabal is doing something similar and Akkar also ), and call afterwards on a national conference to elect a representative body in February preferably نطالب_بمؤتمر_للحراك # , this will move forward the prism of statesmanship and re-position national legitimacy and sovereignty.
Daughters and Sons!
You will always need to speak up your mind, and whenever you chose to embark on this step, there is no return, as you will be walking in uncharted territory, unexplored, full of regional mines and international stress, leave alone local bigotry and animosity.
Start local and grow global is the famous saying, well just do it, don’t wait for big strategies or doctrines to be put in place, or contingency plans to be achieved, you don’t have this luxury. You need to deal with your nationals that betrayed the state, but how will you do this?
Maintain the initiative, tirelessly, the timeline is on your side, it is not anymore about gaining maneuver, unconventional or conventional tactics. This will become about taking power and leading.
Can you do this? Are you capable to lead by expressing representation from the people to the people? This isn’t about quarter committees it is about exceptional measures for exceptional times.
Whenever you assess your conscience, and you fit the role, then I recommend you work immediately on spreading the word, and select local bodies where possible, that will gather in a national spring conference نطالب_بمؤتمر_للحراك # to render visible an elected leadership that will seek to take power.
The equation and formula is easy, under the same umbrella, different political actors can pursue legitimacy and sovereignty, in an end game to take power and exert it for the best national interest of Lebanon.
There are different examples you can look into, the American New Deal Coalition, the Peace Nobel Tunisian Coalition, the Italian Olive coalition, the Greek Syriza, and the upcoming Japanese coalition requested by Ichiro Ozawa to gain the DIET in Tokyo.
Almost one month separates us from Independence Day, and until then you can proceed with low intensity actions, but most important you should reinforce your achievements.
Multiple events need to be planned on Independence Day. On Sunday November 22nd a long day can start, from 9h00 to 13h00 Souk Abu Rakhoussa to take place with street vendors and a fleet market , and a memorial display to be placed in Riad Solh Square in front of the statue, in order to remember the 22 August events and what followed and ensued.
From 13h00 to 16h00 a major happening (music, snacks, and beverage) and political show to take place in Martyrs Square, where the road map will be introduced to the grand public by Ms. Joumana Talhouk from the AUB secular Club.
From 16h00 to 19h00 a delegation of the popular protest will be authorized to enter Nijmeh Square, where at least 100 representatives of mushroom movements will read their memorandums, and talk to the grand public, clear and loud, TV anchors, majors and representatives will be authorized to access the square and the whole event will be live on screens in Martyrs Square and at Lebanese homes.
A dark chapter of repression will be finally closed, and Nijmeh Square will be widely open on Independence Day for a legitimate opposition to express its free thoughts.
N.B. (This delegation option had to be executed since August 22, if not for some protesters stubbornness and major deficiencies by state representatives dancing on the floors of a Mediterranean Island).
Daughters and Sons!
Make your choices, democracy practices are not only protests, and we can’t only be corrosive to combat a fascist state.
Chose well your representatives and play at unison, we can’t disperse the Lebanese, and your task is to unite and to lead. What will follow will be a push action from the empowered and representative umbrella opposition, against the failed system, to immediately activate a solution for the trash, by funding the municipalities, as per the popular protest agenda.
Furthermore the requirement will be to elect an interim president at the earliest convenience (it is known that I support Mrs. Nadine Moussa for this Interim task), to call on a Beirut 1 comprehensive conference in April 2016 to meet and agree on a proportional electoral law based on big districts, Diaspora representation, 18 years old eligibility, quotas for young and gender, age limits and mandates limits, to be followed by municipal elections ( July 2016) and general elections ( August 2016).
I second the young Ms. Joumana Talhouk to preside the delegation of the opposition to the Beirut 1 conference.
Lebanon first means municipal proportional elections first.
After this, the newly elected parliament will form a cabinet and walk through the constitution to fully implement it and amend a couple of articles of it.
Finally you can say welcome to the new born Third republic, and to the economic rebirth and to security checks and balances for Lebanon. Ms. Karine Khoueiry will be happily marketing on Instagram, Mrs.Rosa Bouchayaa can sell her hotel rooms, Mr. Charbel Daniel will cater in his Daniel’s Land, Mr. Antoine Khoury will display new models in his salon, Mr. Georges Choueiry will get married, Mr. Mahmoud Fakha will raise his children, Mrs. Samar Abdallah will become a GM, Mr. Mohammad Zein will put a smile on all faces, all in all, a flurry of happenings representing the true life of Lebanon.
But you can’t stop your tedious job as it will be continuous in the state building and in accountability.
Daughters and Sons!
This is a very arduous task, but it will give you strength and hope in the future, at any rate, if the vested interests react and they will do so, stand up and advance your flag, as these gangs of politicians reached a surreal concept that they are invincible, when mark my words , Invincible they are not.
Bookmakers will always trade you as losers; hence you should advance your protest slowly but surely by pursuing reforms and political deeds.
Organize your ranks, go and win the legitimacy, take power, ensure growth and prosperity for the citizenry, and please don’t knock my door asking for advice always.
Mature yourself and grow up to face challenges, as “We the People” do every single day, loaded in traffic jams, in shortage of services, in security threats and insecurity about the future.
Your strategy and virtuous project is one, proceed in Legitimacy and take power, you have my heart.
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Daughters and Sons of the republic could only indulge.