Many Lebanese blogs are reflecting the internal political bickering that is creating an atmosphere of uncertainty about the future of the country. Most of the posts in this weeks review are bleak with little hope for the future. This is something that is very unusual for a people who take pride in being life-lovers. But then this may just be a phase Lebanon is passing through.
As the “war of words escalates” Blacksmiths of Lebanon compiled a list of pro and con quotes that have lead to a general sense of unease.
Hilal (Ar) summarizes the situation by stating: “this is a country hanging in void”.
And to add to the political uncertainty some elements of security doubts, Bech tells us about gun silencers caught by security forces at the airport in Beirut.
The Grateful Arab describes the infinite cycle of crumpling and rebuilding of the Lebanese society by comparing it to the myth of the Sisyphus. Then points out that:
The response of the Lebanese civil society to the July War is infinitely more
important for the future of our country than anything that happened on March 14,
2005. We urgently have to build on these achievements as our only hope of
survival as a country at this point is the strengthening of our civil society.
NGOs in Lebanon need to be supported at all costs, they need both volunteers and
funds (an area where expatriates can particularly help). Change will only happen
from the bottom up.
Liliane sees the political situation getting worse with little hope for the future:
I don’t know how I actually still have hope that Lebanon will shape up to get
better. We all know the children of today are tomorrow’s politicians, so how can
it get better while the way children (most) are being raised will only lead to
more xenophobia and prejudice.
Meanwhile more victims of the Israeli war on Lebanon are falling almost daily more than two months after the cease fire was announced as pointed out by Lazarus.