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The Solution’s not Lebanese: Part 1

December 2, 2012

Lebanon is a corrupt manifestation, a boring topic that always leads to one thing: pointing fingers internally, externally, vertically and horizontally, as long as “we” are not to blame.

To talk about the Lebanese crisis we need to transparently understand what is this country, how it started and why these divisions exist, we should also talk about what history books refuse to take down: modern Lebanese history.  As well as, understand the social psychology that is the drive behind creating countries and collectives, and what is national belonging.

What is a country?

Google: A nation with its own government, occupying a particular territory.
Wikipedia: A country is a region legally identified as a distinct entity in political geography. A country may be an independent sovereign state or one that is occupied by another state, as a non-sovereign or formerly sovereign political division, or a geographic region associated with sets of previously independent or differently associated peoples with distinct political characteristics.

What is Citizenship?

Citizenship denotes the link between a person and a state or an association of states. It is normally synonymous with the term nationality although the latter term may also refer to ethnic connotations. Possession of citizenship is normally associated with the right to work and live in a country and to participate in political life. A person who does not have citizenship in any state is said to be stateless.

What is Nationality?

Nationality is the legal relationship between an individual human and a Nation state. Nationality normally confers some protection of the individual by the state, and some obligations on the individual towards the state.

artwork by marchlebanon.org - kulluna lil3ama

kulluna lil3ama © marchlebanon.org

With no real functioning Legal system in Lebanon, the real relationship between the citizens (which is really just their nationality) and the country, has no real existence.

Are you Lebanese? Yes. as far as your district goes. But if you drive to the other side of town (crossing west/east Beirut) many say: This is not my Lebanon.

Collectively, there is no Lebanon. There are many illusions/delusions/dream/stories of Lebanon. therefore, collectively, we are not a nation. we are a collection. a mere broken “country”

This may sound pessimistic, but this goes to most Arab countries, the countries that were created by pencil, ruler, a sykes-picot agreement  and bought-out media across the past century, towns and villages that were good neighbors (and bad at times) that woke up into a “country”. Truth be told, the nationalistic revolutionary ideals of many political parties that pretend to know what the hell they’re talking about immediately fail when we look at the region in its true form.

I’m not proposing we give up, i would just like to spill the beans that people refuse to and look for ways to make it work from there. I would also like to invite people who have a realization to pitch in their thoughts about this “country” state.

في مسألة الفتنة الطائفية - من أعمال صلاح جاهين - عام 1981 من صفحة: أنتيكا

في مسألة الفتنة الطائفية – من أعمال صلاح جاهين – عام 1981 من صفحة: أنتيكا

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