The Lebanese State of Non-Governance
Today as the news flashed and rained and poured with the resignation of the 11 Cabinet Members in the effort to topple the Lebanese Government.
I walked past my desk where my Lebanese Passport lay, atop many other papers:
“الجمهورية اللبنانية – Republique Libanaise”
It made me pause.
How much value does that word have, with or without a government and what difference does it make if there was a such a government or not to my Lebanese identity.
This is when my head started to cloud.
Am still sitting here staring at my Passport. Me, on a paper. My Cedar. Our Cedar. the Lebanese Pride.
Going through the pages of stamps & dates, faint images of Lebanese landmarks.
Looking at the TV screen of men crowded on-screen, thinking that their existence or lack of it matters. I hope we realize it doesn’t. Fiyon walla balehon, ni7na Libnen (With them or without them, we are Lebanon), all of them. Every single person that was given power and authority in the Lebanese Government and hasn’t Served!
I stare at my search tab for “Lebanon” mentions on twitter, and its flooding, pouring, storming, i almost couldn’t believe Lebanon wasn’t trending! 100s but 1000s of tweets dashing by, new agencies, people, sarcasm, panic. like it the beginning of war (well at least all the big western news agencies having predicting maybe hoping, since early today). War? why? cause we have no government? but a few month back, and a few month before that, we were about to go to “war” as well…( at least that’s what the media also kept emphasizing ) but we had a Government?
So Dear Government, I conclude your existence will never protect us from war, because with you or without you, it still seems like a possibility.
Dear government, you have failed.
In the time you have reigned,
you have achieved none of your goals you claimed.
none of your campaigns (if any) cam to life
all the prosperity you claim, relapsed to on tomatoes!
Unity? what unity?
We, the Lebanese, are united:
we live, all, with no infrastructure, equally,
Except your members.
we live, all, with no security,
Except your members
(flying away days before they implement their genius ideas, always away)
i will continue to quote this from twitter:
“government or no government, we still have no proper electricity
government or no government, we still have inflation
government or no government, we still have no proper internet ( and probably wont ever)
government or no government, we still have no infrastructure
government or no government, we still have to bribe our way into any form of legal papers
government or no government, we still have no rights against those in “power”
government or no government, we still have repetitive violations of israeli planes in our skies.
government or no government, we still have no proper education for our children
government or no government, we still have no security
government or no government, Lebanese people still have the absurdity to belong to groups & blame each other.
government or no government, we still have no law-book (santa couldnt find it either)
government or no government, we still dont get paid enough to get through the month
government or no government, we’re still at the mercy of external affairs
government or no government, we are still following a sectarian government & leaders
government or no government, Lebanese people will still vote for new MPs based on affiliation/alignments & sects
government or no government, we still have companies that are above the law and free to sabotage our environment
government or no government, the Lebanese people will have another social amnesia by tomorrow, not learn anything & nothing will change…………………. government or no government, my dear Lebanon is still a FAIL! ”
I will not comment on why, how, what all this happened, because they don’t deserve the honor to mentioned in the same sentence as my beloved Lebanon.
But, dead people to live many more don’t have to die as well.
Today my fellow readers we witnessed what i yesterday pointed out was a Lebanese movies: The Meh, The Beh and the Tfeh. “dubbed in Persian, with a Saudi Accent” and american subtitles.
Lebanese, whoever is left, we didn’t need them then, we never did, we built this country, we grew and outgrew their regime.
Whether there is a Government or not.
There will always be a Lebanon, big enough for all of us, wherever we choose to live in it, however we wish to live, whom ever we wish to marry, what ever we wish to pray for, however we wish to pray or not. whatever we wish to create, to study, to grow, to produce, to make, to be.
Whether there is a Government or not. We Will be.
Global Voices Online: Lebanon: Eleven Cabinet Members Resign, Toppling Government