Two Things the PM Forgot to Mention

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.

12 comments

  1. Moussa,

    Excellent post. Sanyura is giving the impression that dissent is not acceptable and that it will be repressed. In doing this he is trying to make dissent look like popular unrest, like his American friends now make any resistance they don’t like look like terrorism. I hope that the dissenters of today will show him what dissent is.
    His government is hanging by a thread on external ‘support’. It is total confusion in his ‘Home’ Capital now Washington and if Baker decided against Bush and the neo-cons that the US should talk to Syria and Iran, Lebanon will be all forgotten.
    I am ashamed of these Politicians who are making Lebanon look like a république bananière, an oligarchy maintaining itself in power not with popular legitimacy but with foreign colonial support…

  2. Dr Victorino de la Vega · · Reply

    “He also invoked the spirits of the martyrs Gemayel, Hawi, …”

    This moron has decidedly no shame: now he thinks he’s some kind of Later Days Wahhabi Shaman of sorts, casting Saudi-Sahyunist spells and castigating Gen. Michel Aoun and the secularist Shiite resistants of South Lebanon!

    His collaborationist rule has lasted far too long: we owe it to the kids of Bint Jbayl and Baalbek to topple his reactionary regime.

  3. vrai14mars · · Reply

    “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.”

    Yeah right. And if you want the hell with the Chinese who invented gunpowder in the first place. I don’t mind. But how about those who thought their “tawazon el wohb” (equilibrium of terror) presumably meant to maintain security (if not peace) was more credible than a full-scale month-long Israeli dress rehearsal in Gaza for the kidnapping of private Shalit? Does the fact that this “tawazon” proved a sham a few hours after the kidnapping bother someone?

  4. Anonymous · · Reply

    Yeah, run your Gov. out of town. Let Sheik Nasralla get his hands on your country. It`ll be no more fun on the beach, before long your women will dress real nice in afghan style. Mullahs will be telling you what and when.
    ´The West as you call it is more than the USA. Don´t believe that everyone is on good terms with their policy. Your country had started on a hard long journey to a situation we call freedom. It´s not the right word because no one is really free in this life. There are rules to this kind of freedom. We needed centuries to overcome opression by so called highly born kings and the church. We are all still captive in one sense or another, but in western europe we have overcome the days of monarchy, fashism and even kommunism. Religion is left to the individual to believe or not. And even though our Gov. are far from being perfect we still hope to become a fair society, even with the handicap of capitalism. We are still learning. Im not sure that by falling back into inner conflict your or the next generation in your country will gain anything. It is up to all of you to be tollerant and accept each other as you are. How come a christian cann´t marry a muslim? Regardless of how you want your part of the world to be, first you need to make sure that there is no Lebanese killing other Lebanese.
    Oliver from Germany

  5. Oliver,

    Thanks for stopping and for your concern, but I believe you got it wrong. It is not about turning Lebanon into some religious state.

    Go to

    http://www.december1.org/

    it may help clearify some things.

  6. Anonymous · · Reply

    i have to say, siniora did not forget anything. i believe the person with amnesia is nasrallah. i believe if my memory serves me correct he went on television and promised all those affected by the war that he would pay to rebuild their homes and give them rent for a year. now i see he started the payment plan by giving some of the victims money and perhaps that someone should ask him howcome the people are still without housing since winter is coming, so bashir, i have to say, hyou are directing your question in the wrong direction. second, siniora and the govt stood behind ha during the war and were hopping from country to country trying to find a diplomatic solution while nasrallah’s hoodlums were destroying a country and he was hiding. the dead do not to be mentioned every minute of everyday. many of those killed in the war, chose to stay there instead of fleeing. it is a shame so many had to lose their lives for thise proxy war. nasrallah himself contradicted himself by saying that he had info that israel was planning on attacking lebanon, and yet after the war, he indicates that had he known that they were going to retaliate in this fashion he would not have initiated the kidnapped and thus the war. make up your mind. ha agreed to he stipulation of 1701 and any other laws to take place and now they are crying. please do not put the blame on somebody other than the one that needs to be blamed. the only thing nasrallah and his lunatics have been successful in doing, is dividing and destroying a country. what a crying shame.
    may god help the lebanese people (of all sects).
    buckeye

  7. Hello buckeye:

    I hold my government accountable for all its shortcomings in the running of the affairs of my country. My government should look at all my people as one and should not take side. The government can not “punish” its people by throwing the responsiblity of their welfare on any other group or party. This is what started the problem, historically. It is not a government of all of Lebanon if it does that. This gives rise to dissent. I am sure you understand.

  8. Anonymous · · Reply

    BASHIR,
    FIRST, THANKS FOR ANSWERING ME. SECOND, I AGREE, THE LEBANESE GOVT AS IN MANY GOVTS IN THIS WORLD, DOES HAVE ITS SHORTCOMING AND THIS I WILL AGREE WITH YOU. BUT WHERE I DISAGREE WITH YOU IS THAT HA IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY WOULD HAVE BEEN TRIED WITH TREASON FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. INSTEAD OF THE GOVT HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE, IT HAS TURNED THE OTHER WAY AROUND. BUT LET US NOT FORGET THAT SINCE THE ELECTIONS, THERE HAVE BEEN PROBLEMS PALGUING THE GOVT. FIRST HA/AMAL, ALTHOUGH SIDING WITH THE MARCH 14 DURING ELECTIONS, DECIDED THEY DID NOT WANT TO FORM A GOVT WITH THEM. THEN THE WAR, AND NOW THIS. THERE HAS NOT BEEN A CHANCE FOR ANYTHING TO BE ACHIEVED. ALTHOUGH, I SEE YOUR POINT, I HAVE TO SAY FOR LEBANON TO BE NON SECTARIAN, WHAT HA IS NOT THE WAY AND IT IS MORE HARMFUL THAN GOOD, AND SECOND THE CONSTITUTION WILL HAVE TO BE CHANGED. REMEMBER WHEN HARIRI WANTED TO CHANGE THINGS SO THAT ELECTIONS ARE DONE DEMOCRATICLY AND NOT SECTARIAN, AND THUS THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS FROM ALL SECTS WERE DEAD AGAINST IT FOR FEAR OF LACK OF REPRESENTATION, WHICH BRINGS US BACK TO SQUARE 1. I STILL BELIEVE, THOUGH, THAT HA WANTS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT ENTITY. THEY CANT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS, HOLDING THE GOVT ACCOUNTABLE (WHICH I STILL FIND LAUGHABLE) AND WANT TO OPERATE INDEPENDENTLY. I STILL HOLD THEM RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL OF THE UNREST AND ROADBLOCKS IN THE GOVTS LACK OF ACHIEVEMENTS.
    I JUST HOPE THAT THINGS GET WORKED OUT BEFORE WE END UP LIKE IRAQ.
    PEACE
    BUCKEYE

  9. I hope things work out before we end up like Iraq and other too, buckeye. I really hope so.
    NB: go easy on those capital letters, they scream🙂

  10. Anonymous · · Reply

    and you somehow forgot to remind us that Damascus is the capital of Lebanon .

  11. Anonymous · · Reply

    How many opposition party in the world have an army ,foreign countries that support them with money weapons
    and long range missiles .Nasaralah got Lebanon into a war that cost the country dearly and now he is trying to turn this huge mess into a victory with the help of Iran and Damascus .stop telling us about what the PM forgot .The one thing that he remember is that Nasarallh has an army and he does not .

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