Responding to the call for open ended protests to topple the government, PM Sanyourah spoke to the Lebanese yesterday promising them that he will be steadfast and that these protests really aim at making Lebanon an open ground for international conflicts etc. He also invoked the spirits of the martyrs Gemayel, Hawi, …and called on the Lebanese to help protect the state by raising the national flags on their homes. Right after his speech gun shots was heard around Beirut mixed with fireworks.
Let’s put aside the fact that the state is not the government. And let us not delve into analysis of the loop of contradictions that exist in the call on Lebanese to defend the state against other Lebanese who are going to protest because they want a share in running the affairs of the state. And let’s not hold him at error for calling on fellow citizens to help protect him against other fellow citizens. (Does this act reflect panic?)
Forget all of that and also forget the kissy-kissy of Rice while she shipped cheap cluster bombs to Israel that ended up in our backyard promising to keep us busy for years to come.
The PM forgot to mention that winter is approaching fast and that tens of thousands of his fellow citizens are still without houses to shelter them after Israel destroyed theirs in July. He forgot that those tens of thousands of Lebanese were promised – by him and his government (and their friends) – shelters and care but nothing has materialized so far. Let’s not mention the roads that were not fixed, the stinking health care system that was never better, the cluster bombs that kills and maims daily etc. One could carry on forever this way. Who or what will stop these tens of thousands of Lebanese from raising the Lebanese flag in protest against the PM and his government who seems to have nothing to say in his defense but ask us to raise flags to protect his government.
The PM also forgot (not the first time) to mention that among the martyrs that he envoked are thousands who were killed four month ago. And that they too paid the price to protect Lebanon. Who or what will stop their families and friends from protesting today against a government that forgot their struggle and sorrows.
The PM’s mistake was to give the impression that all Lebanese are martyrs but some are more martyrs than others.