What Independence?

Nearly yearly for the previous decade or extra, we’re confronted with a sequence of occasions or an unprecedented disaster that undermines our independence and leaves us questioning on why we’re celebrating this present day within the first place. And simply in case every little thing goes easily (God forbid) on the Lebanese political scene, Israeli jets violate our airspace to undermine our sovereignty.

Yearly we discover ourselves asking the identical query: Why are we celebrating this present day? What Independence? And this yr was no totally different as Hariri’s stunning resignation from Saudi Arabia ignited a disaster that seemingly required France’s direct intervention. We nonetheless do not know what occurred and doubtless by no means will however it’s yet one more signal that Lebanon is a theater for overseas rivalries and the true drawback lies in our ruling class and those that nonetheless vote for them and help them.

We don’t really feel unbiased as a result of we’re not free to take a choice and stick with it, whether or not some folks wish to admit it or not. In truth, what our legislators are actually good at is promoting us the concept that their selections are 100% Lebanese, which is one huge fats lie. The most effective half is after they attempt to promote us that they’ve all put their variations collectively and are centered on Lebanon and Lebanon solely, after weeks of throwing insults and igniting sectarian rifts.

Come to consider it: What number of instances did our legislators conflict and reconcile? What number of instances did they make us consider that issues will get higher? What number of instances have been we warned of a brand new civil struggle? What number of instances did they blame refugees for his or her failures or to increase their phrases? What number of instances did they threaten to resign simply because issues aren’t going their approach? What number of instances did they accuse one another of corruption simply because they’re not stealing sufficient?

I snigger every time I hear folks getting optimistic each time a few leaders reconcile, and neglect impulsively that they’ve been preventing and reconciling for years and even many years. It’s clearly higher than preventing however the true drawback lies in the truth that these two events are solely reconciling as a result of third events requested them or gave them their blessing. We are going to by no means have a purposeful nation once we can’t make resolution on our personal and once we formally permit others to determine for us. We can not declare we’re unbiased when now we have to aspect with somebody in instances of regional political turmoil. In truth, the one factor that we appear to be really unbiased of is our Independence Day.

Meen Lezim yi7ell? That’s the query 😛

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