This is an Open letter to General Secretary of Hezbollah
Dear Secretary General,
“Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly.”. Imam Ali ( saaws)
In what follows, and being both of us from the same age generation, I will address you as an eminence intended as intelligence and not as a persona or a chair, hence I will call you Hassan.
Visitors to Lebanon immediately notice the institutional conundrum and crisis that the nation/state is living in. It is about a waste mismanagement and about a political derailment of the collective society.
One need not to be an expert to realize how complex are regional issues reflecting on the tiny land laying on the shores of the Mediterranean this amount of pressure on its tissue and fabric.
Experts and observers might think or be induced in their analysis to emphasize the endorsement of the candidacies of MP. Aoun or MP. Franjieh, as a political dissolution of March 14 and a victory to March 8, but this is partially correct if not entirely wrong. In truth it is Lebanon as an entity that is suffering the stalemate and the lose-lose formula, where even candidates from the same side erase the chances of one another, being both caught between a rock (past failures and the future of Lebanon ) and a hard place ( oil and gas interests).
We all know how to make an omelet from an egg but we ignore how to reverse the process, and in front of the presidential vacuum and the parliamentary illegitimacy one needs to think where the Lebanese constitutional edifice future is?
In the first republic created by colonial France, unlimited powers were concentrated in the executive office of the president; by contrast the second republic sponsored chiefly by Saudi Arabia reduced these powers and transferred much of these to the office of the prime minister. In both republics checks and balances were erased, corruption was rampant, regional agendas superseded the citizen needs and alternative social subsidizing was delivered by non state actors. Considering where we stand today, we can easily affirm that there is no way back to both republics and that what we mostly need is to embrace a new logic and innovative reform which guarantees all players.
As you know the state is almost absent and major issues such as defense and foreign affairs are subject to national divergences. It’s geopolitics you will shortly and promptly reply and nuance and I agree.
The logic of The Lebanese Opposition as stated in the strategic white paper in the following link https://thinkingdice.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/strategic-white-paper/ implies that the geopolitics of the nation/state needs to be oriented to the future, the regional context.
In an effort to keep an intellectual upper hand in the events surrounding Lebanon and in order to avoid any repercussions deriving from the provisional plan between major International powers ( USA & RUSSIA) already announced, and shortly to be applied in the neighboring theater of Syria, I vividly invite you to reflect on the constitutional options in Lebanon.
If it is true that we can’t go back to the first and second republic in Lebanon, it is also true that the third republic in still undefined in its form.
And here are my two pennies. I propose that a transitional phase of one year be the key element of change. A neutral president (preferably a lady from the civil society, Mrs Nadine Moussa) will be elected for one year and afterwards immediately a neutral cabinet of six will be endorsed by the parliament albeit illegitimate, to do the following : form and call on the encompassing national council to convene and negotiate national reforms. The first reform will caress stability and will create the post of vice president of the republic that will be elected in a presidential ticket with the president of the republic by the people directly in a universal suffrage. This post of vice president, will be allotted to a Shiite, considering the Lebanese special formula of coexistence and delicate stratum formation by different sects, creeds, and faiths that unfortunately replace the secular breath, which needs to be essential in any modern state. But politics is also the art of the possible. The president and the vice in tandem will have the joint power to call for general elections and dissolve the parliament, if a schism impedes the parliament from moving forward. And the duo can jointly exert veto on draft legislation approved by the parliament and the cabinet in case of national interest. This joint power will create equilibrium and balance; it will help the executive and legislative branches to have more thoughtfulness and creativity rendered to the populace. The mandate will be for 4 years, renewable only once.
The PM will be Sunni and will keep his office powers intact as they are, with the difference of supervision by the presidential duo on the laws emanated by the cabinet by vetoing these.
The Speaker will be orthodox and can have only two consecutive mandates, a senate will be created of 28 members presided by a Druze for a maximum of two mandates of 4 years each also. The number of Laws needs to be reduced, and bicameral approval is required for laws to become effective.
The electoral law for the general elections for both chambers will be the one proposed by late Fouad Boutros, with all the metrics and regulations for spending, for eligibility, and for the candidates profiling. An independent commission will be monitoring also the municipal elections of course; that we all hope will be held on time.
A Catholic will be the Director of the General Security and a Maronite the army commander with objective to form a powerful army, a Sunni will lead the ISF. A special division called National Guard grouping the resistance brigades in it, will be formed and detached to the Republican Palace joint to the republican guard and it will be under a Shiite commander who will be part of the military council.
وَالَّذِينَ اهْتَدَوْا زَادَهُمْ هُدًى وَآتَاهُمْ تَقْواهُمْ ” سورة محمد 47/17 ”
We most need to move forward and to tackle issues related to education, literacy, refugees, economy, social welfare, juvenile labor, defense, strategy, environmental emergency, health care and so on. So we need a major political breakthrough.
Shall I talk about the connection with the beloved civilization of the Iranian Peoples? You know very well that in 3 days, elections will take place, in the Islamic Republic and there is a call by opposition Leaders to vote en-masse and deflect the radicals of JYM ( Jannati , Mohammad Yazdi and Mesbah Yazdi ) . So how will Lebanese specificity be affected?
It is time that we cross the lines of immobility and walk our regional way to peace with Judaism reformists also.
“Jewish states may rise and fall, as they have risen and fallen in the past, but the people of Israel will continue to minister at the altar of the Most High God in all the lands in which they dwell” A reform rabbi affirmed.
Decrying the growth of fascist tendencies must be the common battle of all faiths and creeds for the best interest of Humanity.
A regional hub of many millions of citizens, is already here to host all of us in peace where we can instate our services, export our products , create our energy auto sufficiency, project justice to the Palestinian and Israeli states and durable , long lasting horizons for many generations to come in the Levant confederation of territories.
Finally as you said in one of your speeches; Lebanon is caught in a cycle of threats. And it is our duty to be strong and capable of defending our country.
Illuminated Reform of the government, and regional synchronous as explained in my open letter,together to the waste management hierarchy as illustrated by environment experts, by the civil society and endorsed by the industrial association, and to the economic recovery , to the republican military capability, and to the regional peaceful hub creation are the best defense.
“Directors make people advance in perfection by performing a great number of acts of virtue, but my Director, who is Jesus Himself, teaches me to do everything through love. … I know now that true charity consists in bearing all our neighbors’ defects–not being surprised at their weakness, but edified at their smallest virtues.” Therese de Lisieux.