Always in Our Minds....

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

In Liban, Everybody is a Philosopher!


It is an old habit of mine to listen to the radio while trying to sleep at night. I usually search for "talk shows" that seems very helpful in getting me ready to sleep!

As I was trying to sleep tonight, I came across a radio station (Nour station 91.9 FM) which was hosting the resigned Minister of Labor, Mr. Trad Hmade, who was explaining his point of view (or may I say philosophy) about the current political crisis.

Mr. Hmade started his speech by saying that "Democracy is the only way to achieve stability in Liban". Then he argued that "in order for any authority to be legitimate, it must listen to the sound of its people".

Mr. Hmade continued saying "The majority of Lebanese population said no to the current unconstitutional government, by forming the (longest, biggest sit-in the history) right in front of the Grand Serail. Nevertheless, the current illegitimate authority decided to (ignore) the sound of the people, and continued its unconstitutional take-over of the power in Liban."

Following this analogy, Mr. Hmade continue on saying "And so, those in power failed to understand the basic principles of democracy, and in order to stay in power, they threw themselves in the arms of the foreign interference, especially the Americans and their best allies, the Israelis." "And so, this would only weaken the state, and lead it to total paralysis and destruction. As you can see, philosophy can correctly analyze the current situation, and even predict the outcomes."

He also didn't fail to compare Hassan Nasrallah to (those in power). "Those in power do not have leadership qualities, they can't think about anything other than what they were told to do, and so they can't come up with (alternatives) to end the crisis. Unlike Samahet el Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (God save his soul), who proposed many alternatives to end the crises (electing the president by the people, adopting Poll companies results)."

Regarding the presidential elections, Mr Hmade emphasized that "We need a president who is able to gather the Lebanese up, and has the ability to (protect) the resistance, (emphasize) on the unique relations with Syria, and save Liban from (regional and international axis)". "Such a president would be able to form a (Unity government), communicate with both March 14th and March 8th leaders, and ensure the phase of political stability that the country can only achieve once a consensus president is in office". "He will be able to govern a new parliamentary elections, to which we all will abide to its majority that will rule the country from there after."

Naturally, I couldn't sleep anymore, and found myself obliged to reply to Mr. Hmade's philosophy before trying to go to bed again.

"The majority of Lebanese population said no to the current unconstitutional government, by forming the (longest, biggest sit-in the history) right in front of the Grand Serail." In case Mr. Hmade hasn't noticed yet, the so called sit-in has been empty of people for more than 5 months now, unless he is willing to count HA "Indibat" "Control" officers as "the majority of the Lebanese people".

"And so, those in power failed to understand the basic principles of democracy, and in order to stay in power, they threw themselves in the arms of the foreign interference, especially the Americans and their best allies, the Israelis." In order to be controlled y "foreign" interference, you must be getting financial and military support from a certain foreign power, in a way that makes you totally dependent on such support to remain in your current state. In such analogy, HA seems to be throwing itself in the arms of the Iranians, and their best allies, the Syrians, right?

"Unlike Samahet el Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (God save his soul), who proposed many alternatives to end the crises (electing the president by the people, adopting Poll companies results)". Well, Mr. Hmade seems to have failed to realize that such "alternatives" means major amendments to the Lebanese Constitution. So in a philosophical way, these "alternatives" are means of destroying the concept to which the Lebanese State is created upon. Such "means" can hardly be called "alternatives", they are nothing but a way to control the country based on "numbers" and away from the very "consensus" principle that the opposition seems to be so keen to abide by!

"We need a president who is able to gather the Lebanese up, and has the ability to (protect) the resistance, (emphasize) on the unique relations with Syria, and save Liban from (regional and international axis)". "Such a president would be able to form a (Unity government), communicate with both March 14th and March 8th leaders, and ensure the phase of political stability that the country can only achieve once a consensus president is in office". So basically, all what Liban needs is a consensus president that will solve EVERYTHING! And most importantly, assure us a "phase" of political stability, very similar to the 1990's era, where we enjoyed stability at its best!

"He will be able to govern a new parliamentary elections, to which we all will abide to its majority that will rule the country from there after." Well, excuse me, but what makes you think that the next majority has the right to rule, while this one doesn't! What makes you think that the next minority won't demand "consensus", and form another big sit-in, where it will claim to represent the majority of the Lebanese people, and demand a Unity Government that it can topple at any time???! After all, such new minority can always follow your leads, and learn from your excellent current example, ain't I right?

Well, as they say, at the end of the day, it's only a philosophical debate, and each one can form his/her own theories. Especially in Liban, where everybody can be a philosopher! And claim to be representing the majority of the Lebanese people......

4 comments:

M Bashir said...

(if i am not mistaken) resigned-minister [new position in govt :-)] Trad Hamade is actually a PhD holder (philosophy major) who taught philosophy at the Lebanese University...

FaiLaSooF said...

m bashir,
Well, you can bet you need such a degree to come up with such theory, don't you agree?

Khawwta said...

Even if he holds 10 PhD.. there is difference between theory and practice.. I think that Democracy in arabic means: Démo el karassi

M Bashir said...

yehhhh, some tough theory indeed :-)

and khawwta has a point too.