Always in Our Minds....

Saturday, December 30, 2006

It is Just!

You can argue and say it the "timing" wasn't right. You can argue and say that the "trial" wasn't fair and was political. You can even argue and say that "history" won't forgive such thing. But one thing I'm sure of, Saddam Hussein got what he deserves!

I don't think Saddam deserved a fair trial to begin with. This "monster" has for decades, used the most awful horrible killing methods the world has ever known! From "melting" people in acid, as he did to hundreds of Kuwaitis during his invasion to Kuwait, to using "Fatal chemical weapons" against his very own people in Northern Iraq. I can't see how some people would come out and say "It wasn't a just trial"!!! What the heck are you talking about? Since when did Saddam gave his victims a fair trial? And even if he was given a so-called fair trial, what would have changed exactly? He would be sent free!!!!

I dare all of you out there defending that murderer to look in the eyes of his victims while you're claiming a fair trial, what would you think their reaction would be??! What about that old lady that asked that she'd be the one who would hang Saddam, who said that her father, her 3 brothers, her husband and her 5 sons were killed by Saddam, and she didn't even had the right to bury them! Can you come and tell her in the face that Saddam is not supposed to be killed??!

This is JUSTICE, for him to be executed in the same place where he cruelly massacred hundreds of his very own people, in this former intelligence head quarters, it is JUST...pure JUST

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

To HA Supporters

The Kuwaiti newspaper "Al-Siyassa" reported that during July war, the Syrian president called HA officials to order them NOT to target Tel-Aviv because the Israelis told the Syrians that they will target "Syrian vital targets" in case HA targeted Tel-Aviv. The newspaper reported that "two official documents, one of them is audio" confirm that request....

I'm not going to say that this is true, but in case it is, then let me ask all those who support HA, how can you support someone who didn't target Tel-Aviv, the capital of all evil, while our towns and cities were being destroyed just because they were protecting Syria??!!

For the full-length report, click on the following link:

As I keep saying all the time...WAKE UP!

For Beirut

I just woke up 10 min. ago (ain't the holidays just GREAT), and as a traditional Lebanese habit, I turned on the TV to hear some news so that my blodd pressure could be raised to the maximum possible.

But Zavin was on the TV, an this time he was broadcasting from down town (yup, the heart of Beirut that we have forgot about). It was a re-run of course, but he was encouraging people to come to the down town. Mrs. Ajooz from Beirut Municipality invited all the Lebanese to come to the down town on December 30th, and prove to the whole world that Beirut never dies. Actors, directors and previous misses Lebanon were there too encouraging us to come to down town and be part of bringing Beirut back to life.

So, here I am joining them in asking you to come and join the rest of us in down town and help us in bringing back life to Beirut, the city we adore and can't live without....

Monday, December 25, 2006

Action Blank Spot

Only in Liban!

Where on earth, would you break in to some one's apartment, miss around with all the documents and actually "steal" some of it, got caught on tape doing so, and yet people of all kinds (lawyers, journalists, students, MPs) would demand that you get free and never arrested? Only in Liban!

Where on earth, would you hide tons of explosives with their timers in your own house in the middle of a town, change the color of two cars, report them stolen, and when you get arrested people start shouting and saying that you're innocent, and you only had these explosives to fight Israel (even though you are MIIIIIIIILES away from Israel)? Only in Liban

Where on earth, would 70 MPs sign a document, and when they try to officially document it in the parliament, the Speaker of the house refuse to accept it? Only in Liban

Where on earth, would you got assassinated one by one because of your political stands, and people start shouting that you are the ones who are assassinating yourselves just so you get some more "fake popularity" to go on with your "evil dirty plans"? Only in Liban

Where on earth, would you join a government, and yet accuse it of being a "traitor", then hold up a huge mass asking to topple it? Only in Liban

Where on earth, would you go into a war that destroys half of your country's infra-structure, and totally destroys it's economical status (NOT o mention the high number of casualties), and yet you hold up a HUGE mass claiming a "devine victory" ? Only in Liban

Where om earth, would you ask for an independent free modern country, and people start accusing you of being a "traitor"? Only in Liban

Where on earth, would two huge masses of people holding up the same flag, shout the same patriotic slogans, asking for "national unity", and then start kicking each other's butts? Only in Liban

Where on earth, would your country be on the edge of a "civil war", and yet when it's the holiday season, everyone goes to the shops and celebrate with joy? Only in Liban

Only in Liban....Only in Liban.....

Sunday, December 24, 2006

It's Always About Nurture!

This post would definitely look "strange" on this blog, but I feel it's too important NOT to be mentioned, and after all, it's about my thoughts and feelings, so it must have a place here some how....

MANY of us, and specially women have spoken A LOT about the "oriental man" sick mentality and the "double standards" system that seems the only one operating in our area. Women can never have their rights in our society because of the "male dominant" society we are living in, and it is the "oriental man" who is to blame for all this.

And it is the same man who doesn't mind to "sleep around" with whoever girls, but when it comes to marriage, he won't accept but a "pure virgin" who knows nothing about anything, and all other girls are nothing but pure "sluts".

And because of this same man, women suffer a lot in marriages, because he thinks he has the right to "fool around", while the women have no rights but to stay home and serve the "oriental men" needs!!!!

Therefore, these "oriental men" are JERKS, BASTARDS and low-life forms that need to be castrated if we ever want to see our society progresses.

But, have we ever thought about "why" the oriental man is what he is? How come the western man doesn't have such a stupid mentality? How is it possible for any human being to believe that "double standards" are actually just and fair?

In my opinion, it has to do with nurture! YES, ladies and gentlemen, it's our fault, both men and women! "How is that possible?" "Are you nuts? Have you lost your damn brain?" "How could women be responsible for that?" Well, let me explain....

You see, it's impossible that any one in our society behave like that just because he is simply a jerk! There must be reasons. And I believe the main reason is nurture. It is how we raise in our society. We raise them to be the jerks and assholes they are! Ever since they are just kids, we always encourage the boy to be aggressive, to be wild. We make him feel he is the dominant species, and that he has the right to "act upon it"! And when they become teenagers, we encourage them to go out and stay late, because "that's how they become MEN" and "boys will always be boys".

What is ironic that ones who are doing that damage to the growing up boys are no one but the WOMEN! Our mothers are responsible for that! A mom would be so proud of her son who brought his girlfriend home with him, and she goes on saying: "Look at my son, look how good he is, I'm proud of him" and she would treat her son's girlfriend in the most amazing way, simply because it's her son's love! Even his sisters would do the very same thing! "Oh, my brother is a chick-magnet, they just can't keep their hands off of him!" You see, you WOMEN encourage your MEN to be JERKS! If your son or brother wants to marry a girl, there is NO WAY you would accept some one who is divorced or who is NOT a virgin. The very first words coming out of your mouths would be "You're too much better to accept that BITCH!" "Why would you wanna marry a woman who is divorced??!!"

And if (some how) one man decided that he won't be a typical "oriental man", and accepted to marry a girl who is not a virgin, do you think the society will leave him alone? ALL of us will start talking about him; "He's NOT a man" "Shame on him" "Akid mrakkab 2roun!!" (He must have got horns)....

Things doesn't stop here, if his sister has a boyfriend, and he knows about it and he's "okay" with it, then he is "foofoo", or he is a "Shame on all MEN in the society". Damn, even his own sister would look down on him "Doesn't he have any honor???!!!" I can't really understand it, but strangely enough, that is what happens!!!!

"Maraya", a famous Syrian comedy show, describe this in the best way possible. In one of the sketches, a woman visit her mom and starts complaining about her husbands, and what a "jerk" he is because he is going to marry another woman. The mom goes CRAZY, calling her son-in-law " a F***** bastard" "Did he forget that he was on his knees just to marry you?" "Who does that asshole thinks himself?" "Just wait till your dad and brother get back, and we're going to teach that scum a lesson he won't ever forget, and if he insisted on being the jerk he is, he's going to divorce you, you deserve much better than him".

10 minutes later, her son shows up. And he starts complaining to his mom and sister about his wife, how she doesn't satisfy him, mentally or physically, and how she doesn't respect him as her man. What do you think their answer was? You won't believe it! They said: "Who does that BITCH think herself?" "That slut needs to be treated like the bitch she is" "Marry another one, habebe (my dear)!!!!!". "You are a MAN, and it's your right" "we will find you another girl that is just right for you, and you can get rid of that BITCH you got at home". Do I need to comment?

I know that "oriental men" are double standards jerks who treat women like shit, but if want to start blaming, then we should blame our "way of nurture" first. LADIES, it's your fault as much as it's men's one. The only way to treat such a disease is to be honest with ourselves and treat the "underlying cause". What we need is a "radical change" in our daily life. We shouldn't accept such behavior from all the MEN, including our sons and brothers, and women MUST refuse to be treated in such a bad way, and they MUST NOT treat themselves like that too!

It's too easy to point out fingers, and blame "males", but what we need is an "objective" process that acknowledge that the problem is not just in the "oriental man", but it includes the "oriental woman" as well; it's a problem of the whole society. Once we acknowledge that, we can put our feet on the right road.......

Friday, December 22, 2006

Vacation at LAST

FINALLY, my vacation has started just hours ago....

Sorry for NOT posting for the longest time ever, but I was soooooooo busy with my exams, and akid now I'll be even more busy since it's the holiday season and I don;t wanna miss out THE FUN!

Lots to be said about politics, but I promised myself a good long vacation, and I'm sticking to it.

Let me know what you think about the new look, I just felt I need some holiday spirit somewhere...

Take care and enjoy the HOLIDAY SEASON

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

ABC Achrafieh....THANKS!!!

I had the Cardiology (everything in medicine related to the heart) final exam last Monday, after a horrible weekend where I did NOTHING but sitting on my @$$ and studying day and night. Normally, I was so depressed but I was thrilled that I'm finally over all these heart issues at least till next year!

The first thing I did was getting a hot bath, then I shaved and regained my usual look back :P
Couple of friends and I wanted to go to ABC Achrafieh and see what's going on in Beirut. And I can fairly say it was the wisest thing we ever did!

Thanks to ABC Achrafieh, I remembered that it is xmas time nowadays! Where ever you look, you can see the xmas spirit! Candles, xmas trees, lovely decorations and most of all the lovely xmas songs I adore, even the French ones that I don't even understand!

At first, I took couple of pictures, then I saw a lovely small parade with Santa wondering around the mall singing xmas songs, and kids walking with them, and I just couldn't help it! I just found myself walking and singing with them!!! 10 minutes later I got over 1000 missed calls from my friends wondering where the hell I gone (yes, all of them didn't have units!!!!), and I was obliged to leave the parade and join my friends again......

I can say I really had a great time there, so thanks for everyone who participated in making the xmas spirit shine at ABC, since it seems very gloomy outside that I wish I lived there at ABC all the time!!!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Tueni's Mass

I just got home after participating in Tueni's mass this afternoon in Achrafieh. I have so many mixed feeling at the time being, but mostly I really miss Gebran! We really need his voice and courage to keep us moving forward. I miss his articles every Thursday, up till now, I still go and buy AN-Nahar newspaper hoping I'll find Gebran talking to us one more time.....

I want to thank every one who came to the mass, though I felt abit upset as some groups were dancing and singing songs of their respective political parties, but this is what happen in times of extreme political tension, and you just can't stop it!I suffered A LOT in order to get inside the church! The organizers were doing their best to prevent the masses from getting into the church unchecked, I want to thank each and everyone of them for their great efforts, and mostly for their always smiling faces as they are facing the masses.

Finally, I was able to get inside, and thank God I did! There were tons of people in the Church yard, but all of them (mostly young people, in their teens or early twenties, something that filled my heart with joy) were silent, listening and praying for the soul of Gebran and his friends. There were ladies crying as they were remembering what a great person Gebran was. People were clapping everytime one of March 14th personnel appeared, Charl Rizk was welcomed with heavy clapping, so was Tarik Metri and others...

Motran Audi speech was more than amazing. He is a man of wisdom, and he knows just how to remember our precious ones.I hope Gebran was watching us, I couldn't help myself but to have some tears in my eyes as I realized that we really said goodbye to Gebran. I know many of you would think "Oh C'mon now!", but to all of you I say, he wasn't just any man, he was Gebran Tueni. He is the man who made me believe in my dreams again. He is the one who convinced me that dreams can and they do come true when we believe in them hard enough. I owe Gebran a lot, I owe him what I am now, and I promise him I would NEVER EVER give up on my dreams, specially the most precious one, a true FREE INDEPENDENT MODERN LIBAN.

May your soul rest in peace ya 3azeem "You great one"

Monday, December 11, 2006

Tueni's Mass Relocated

Thanks to the unstable situation in Downtown, Gebran's Tueni's mass was relocated to Mar Metr Church in Achrafieh on Tuesday December 11th, 2006 at 5:00 pm.

To all of you who loved Gebran, to all of you whom Gebran was an inspiration and a guidance, you are all invited to join in the mass.

P.S: this is a time to remember those who died for our sake, please try NOT to turn it into a political mass. It's just a modest way to show our respect to the memory of a great man who we miss so much

UPDATE: Rampurple corrected the date, it is on December 12th, 2006. Sorry for the mistake. Thanks Ram :)

One Heck of A Character!

What do you think?

Sunday, December 10, 2006

FPMers...Explain That!

I tried my best to find it in English, but I wanted to use the official source, and it is in Arabic.

FPMers, check your web-site:

This is your political program, check slide 27, the very last THREE POINTS, and then check slide 3, point 5.

When you finish reading it, explain to me how you can be with and against HA at the same time!!!??

Just asking....just asking...

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Where Are We Going?

Tilda asked me what will happen next, since the 19-2-9 suggestion has been rejected by the opposition. And it seems it needs Michel Hayek to figure that one out, but I'll do my best...

So, Lahoud sent back the tribunal decision back to the government unsigned, reports say that Berri won't held parliament session till this conflict is over, Seniora is not going to resign, and the oppositions is preparing for a new "surprise" in its 2nd rally tomorrow.

Everyone is doing his best NOT to compromise, obviously everyone is showing that he is the "stronger" side of the equation, and so, he has the right to decide what to do next.

I've been thinking, what would happen if the government (which has the majority in the parliament) resigned as a result of the opposition's rally? How will a new government be formed? Obviously the majority won't accept to gove the "blocking third" to the opposition, and the latter won't accept any other form for the government, so what?

What if (somehow) this new government saw the light? How would it be able to function? How would it make a new election law? I'll go even farther and say that a new law has been passed, and the elections made the opposition became the "new majority" so that they would be able to form a government with or without March 14th, what would the latter do? Obviously they will start there own rally, refuse the elections, and work on forcing the government and the president to resign.

Where are we going? This is an endless circle that won't end, simply because if we are OK to force one government to resign in the streets, then we are allowing every new opposition to go in the streets and ask the government to resign. THIS IS SILLY!

I haven't mentioned that the UN will be forced to imply the tribunal under the chapter 7 , which means the UNIFIL forces will have the right to ENGAGE in order to fulfill UN resolutions, is that what we want?

Both sides should realize that they are taking the country o the unknown. This is NOT how things should work. SIT TOGETHER, elect a new president, form a new government, make a new election law, and let the PEOPLE LIVE.

3AN JAD EREFNA! "Seriously, we are disgusted"

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Plan!

Things seem more clear now. Watching the news (unfortunately, you have to watch 3 or 4 Lebanese channels, each has its own agenda, to get an idea about what the heck is going on) I think the plan is pretty much as follows.

The opposition's rally, and March 14th supporting rallies will continue till the president return the tribunal decision back to the government (obviously he will not sign it). The current government will meet again to agree on sending the decision to the parliament regardless of the president signing. Then Berri is expected to call for a parliament session. At this point, the government would resign, and a new 30-member government would be made; 19 for March 14th, 10 for March 10th and ONE neutral member. This government formation could be delayed till Berri hold a parliament session so that March 14th can be sure that the tribunal would be finally official.

The new government will have two main objectives: Electing a new president (sources predict that would happen in next February), and preparing for a new parliament elections.

The sad thing is that if this is the plan for real, then all of these clashes and rallies that are taking place now can be considered "meaningless and useless"; just a stupid actions taken by BOTH sides for nothing more than to demanding a better negotiating terms.

But the question remains, how would the rising tension in the streets be controlled? Do the political leaders realize that they took the people near the point of no return? And how can they be sure that things won't get out of control before the plan farther steps are reached?

I'd be lying if I said that I'm NOT disgusted of the whole situation. But we have reached a stage where we are ready to accept any deal that would bring peace and stability back to the country, because we want to live and maybe, just maybe, enjoy the holidays season. Is that something too much to ask for?

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Real Face Revealed?

No comment really, just watch and let me know what you think.
It seems Jeajea was right after all when he said: "The mask has fallen".....

Pictures of Tripoli's Demonstartions

A Reply To Ali!

Mostafa, on his blog wrote a letter to Ali, one of the guys demonstrating against the govenrment. Ali replied to Mostafa later on. But I felt like I need to reply back to what Ali said; and so, here is my reply. You can click here to see what Mostafa wrote, and click here to read what Ali replied......

Your dad taught you that men shouldn't cry, but you said that he cried sometimes.
Only those with no feelings can NOT cry while they are making a conference infront of the whole world, and all of a sudden they get a note that his very own people, women and children were killed in a barbaric massacre just moments ago....

PM Seniora showed the whole world that before anything else, we are human beings, and that the live of EACH one of us Lebanese MEANS ALOT to us. His honestly and pure human feelings showed the whole world that we are barbaric people who held no value for human lives. His tears provoked the Arab leaders to unite and go united demanding a fair UN resolution that would prevent farther meaningless massacres.

No, Ali, men should cry when their own people get killed. Men shouldn't hide away and yet come on TV and start screaming that they had killed the enemies, I wish I had seen the other leaders being affected with all the human lives we lost for no reason because of their "mistake" as they admit later on.....

Without the government you are protesting against now Ali, Israel would have still being bombarding Lebanon up till now. Without this government, there would have been a UN resolution that would have brought Lebanon to its knees. Without this government, you would have been jailed for DARING to say no to authorities, as we have suffered YEARS AND YEARS from the Syrian regime you PROUDLY said "Thank you" to in March 8th....

Can't you see Ali, without emotions and true pure feelings, we are no different than animals who kill eachother over power. And we are PROUD of PM Seniora, and we treasure his tears, because just right then, I realized that we have leaders who can feel, we have leaders who treasure our Lebanese lives.....

I hope one day you'll be able to realize that.....

Friday, December 01, 2006

Shame On You

I heard from couple of friends about what Mr. Franjieh said about Cardinal Sfeir, but I was like: "NO WAY, he actually said THAT???!!".

I actually refused to believe and thought that it's just another episode of propagandas war between March 8th and 14th. But then I watched the news, and I couldn't believe my ears as he said: "It seems Cardinal Sfeir (......) when he saw all the ladies in Bkerki" !!!!!

What on hell???!! What the heck is wrong with that man? How could anyone be THAT rude? How can anyone say such thing about the Maronite cardinal??? Is this how we address our religious figures now???!!

Not only that, but after all that he comes on the air again and says: "My enemies always try to convert my words; I used a Lebanese-spoken-language-term in the meaning that the Cardinal was "excited" and indeed I didn't mean it sexually". As if we are not Lebanese and we don't know when we use the specific word YOU USED and when it is used!!!!!

One word can be said... SHAME ON YOU....SHAME ON YOU....SHAME ON YOU

Tripoli Today

I’m staying in the North for the weekend, and therefore I won’t be able to talk about the situation in Beirut. Nevertheless, I can talk about the atmosphere in Tripoli.

Today was a very normal day in Tripoli; everybody is busy with his/her daily work. I went with my mother to the bank, then we went to get some Lebanese flags for our balconies. You could easily see the dealers smiley faces as they are buying lots and lots of flags of all shapes and sizes. Somehow, these traders have found a way to get some profit out of the current situation.

As the day passed, you could see an increasing number of Lebanese flags with March 14th red-white scarves being raised on the balconies. As I’m writing this article, I can hear sirens out of cars parades, and people weaving the Lebanese flags in support of Seniora’s Government.

I’ll try to take pictures of Tripoli tomorrow’s morning to give an idea about the atmosphere here.

Everybody is waiting to see what will go on, one crowd staying in the streets demanding the government to resign, and the other one staying home, weaving the Lebanese flags supporting the very same government.

All I can say is that though the future seem dark, yet we can congratulate ourselves for our civilized democratic ways in expressing our beliefs, under the law and the constitution……