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#unitelb … promotion stunt

February 25, 2011

"We are the poor & the hungry, and they are the Princes and the Sultans"

So, are you all wondering why the current Gas crisis occured, and why did it have such an impact the past few days?
Because we’re a few days away from when the  people will revolt against the sectarian system in Lebanon, February 27.
This stunt was to prove to you why we need a non-sectarian government, one that’s members are elected based on qualifications not on religion (because lets face it! being muslim/christian/druze/etc doesnt make you qualified to run anything! without having the proper education & experience), therefore, these two unqualified ministers, put in place because of political affiliations & not because they have earned their roles, have managed to turn the parliament into a school yard, scuffling over who gets to impose their way on the playground.

I would’ve wished to say that this was a paid act, and we arranged it with them to promote why Lebanese that have had enough with such absurdity are protesting on #Feb27, but sadly it’s not! Two of our most crucial and deteriorated ministries, are ruled by Kids!  yes, we get petrol when they are scolded, and sent to time-out by the teacher, and we get nothing when they sit and brawl like kids. No progress will happen on the Electricity file until the Special Tribunal For Lebanon gets voted on to be Legal (as if the two files are even related) and until some-people are protected from the Tribunal’s upcoming indictments, wil sha3b 3omro ma shef il daw ( and no-one cares if the people ever see light).

Is it time to say enough to this? and #unitelb to put an end to this charade?  and in the word’s on Gino’s blog : “Lebanese Fuel Crisis… Facepalm, Facepalm, Facepalm” and Facepalm!

you need more reasons to vote Secular?
a few more readings might help you decide:

This Is Beirut : Moving Lebanon towards a secular state

NowLebanon: A possible fuel crisis? Self-important politicians strike again!

Thoughts blog: …and Action

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2011 9:06 pm

    “being muslim/christian/druze/etc doesnt make you qualified to run anything! without having the proper education & experience”

    couldn’t have put this better myself!

  2. Jay permalink
    February 26, 2011 7:46 am

    The hashtag used will be #jan27 or #feb27?
    I’ll be covering the event esp. using tweets, so it’s important to pick some fixed hashtags so we are able to collect them properly.

  3. February 26, 2011 9:57 am

    This is absurd. You’re not calling for a non-sectarian government, you’re hoping for autocracy. And these are two completely different things. Can you honestly tell me that non-sectarian governments are made up of people who have “earned” it ? a single look at the US government will tell you otherwise.

    As for the passing of the unrelated bills, a few weeks ago there was a crisis in the US senate, and the republican party refused to pass any law, including a health care reform for 9/11 first-responders, before the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy were renewed.
    That’s not the fault of sectarianism, that’s called POLITICS, and throwing away our sectarian system will not make that problem go away.
    Secularism is not a miracle drug, I hope everyone stops looking at it as if it was.
    Cheers !

    PS: Don’t you mean “February 27 and #Feb27” as the date of the protests ?

    • February 26, 2011 11:46 am

      i would love to know why you think am calling for an autocracy? cause the way it is, it cant get any more autocratic than this!

      + the US is no prime example of Democracy, they are the ultimate example of a failed democracy, that has fallen into the pit of corporate monarchies.
      why not take example of a EU country?

      If we stop labelling people, we can start to see beyond their God-given characters, like religion, skin tone and accent. because honestly, i can bleach my skin, convert to any religion i want in to world. Does that change who I am inside? my honesty my integrity? my morals?
      We can’t hold a person religious believes as a measure of their capability.

      And If your afraid, a certain demographic will take over and throw you to the see.. then that’s exactly what we want everyone to realize is just a political propaganda BS.

      • February 26, 2011 11:57 am

        Ooops, my bad,I meant ‘technocracy’.. wow that makes a hell of a difference. sorry.
        The world is full of examples where democracy fails, and that’s simply because democracy is not perfect, and as soon as you have a bipartisan game, it all kinda goes to hell. The issue of incompetence is widespread. Look at france, italy… deadlocks also happen. It’s kind of an extreme negotiation technique in democratic systems. What I’m saying is that this is not an issue with the sectarian system. This could all happen in a secular democracy. There are serious flaws in our system, and they’re not all inherent of the sectarian system.

        I am not against throwing away the sectarian system. I just dont think that’s the way one should go about doing it, and I certainly don’t think the time is right.

        As for the demographic issue, the paranoia among sects is real. Maybe not a single sect is willing to “throw another to the sea”, but the fact that there is enough paranoia to go around in this country is enough reason to worry about incoming chaos.

        I’m not saying we should keep the system. Let’s get rid of it, one step at a time, by making sure we’re doing it right. Even if we have a revolution today and it works, there’s still a whole lot of stuff we need to figure out before we can get an actual system working. How about we figure them out first, then throw away the system ?

        • February 26, 2011 12:05 pm

          Wow, technocrat to autocrat makes A WHOLE LOT OF DIFFERENCE! LOL! I’m glad we got that straightened out. 😛

          I dont believe that a revolution against sectarianism will “free” us from it, In lebanon the people are sectarian, if you read my previous post on the matter, we discussed it in the comments + post as well.

          But we want people to know that things exist beyond the sect-sphere. that we need to get away from this to able to focus on what really matters, cause it’s causing us to hate each other and that’s really sad.

          I’d rather have no government (la2ano government or no government, mafi kahraba/etc.) than listen to another one of those absurd figures on tv!

        • February 26, 2011 12:44 pm

          I do not know why a lot people argument that it is not the right time to step away from secularism and step towards citizenship. Under a proper and just mechanism, any time is the right time!
          For those who think otherwise, can you please explain to us what time would be the “right time”?!

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