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Wlek Tfeh !

“3rd republic”, “Ô glorious day (7th of May)”, “Syrian interference in the Bekaa”, “your father is a liar and so is your mother”, “it was just a slip of the tongue”, “we won’t forget as long as the sky is blue” ….etc.
A defective cellular network, traffic jams due to (supposedly) uncoordinated efforts, tension running high in the streets once again, and a faulty keyboard; are more than I can bear!
C’est quoi ce bordel (sorry Ekios)! I came back home in the hope of retiring and resting my weary bones. And all of you, who once deprived me of my childhood and innocence, are now making sure that my last days will not be any different.
1) Hassouna: 7th of May is nothing short in comparison to the 20th of January 1976 (Damour), or (another event that you might better relate to, for the time being) September 18th 1982 (Sabra & Chatila), or even (and this is just to ruffle your feathers, or shall I say turban) 2nd of October 1983 (attack on the American barracks), or any other bloody day within our history.
2) Micho: Kelloun kezzabin wa oukhwat charmouta; but on October 13th 1990, who was the one who fled in his pajamas to the French embassy leaving his soldiers behind? Granted it is the dream of every single “true Lebanese” to live freely in a country that is independent, sovereign, and enjoys territorial integrity, and moreover you talk (not so calmly) of “fassad”. I ask of you: Where is our sovereignty when our destiny you have tied (via your MOU with the Hizb) to that of Palestine and the Israeli problem? Where is this independence and sovereignty, when one of your sponsors (again via your MOU with the Hezb) has yet to demarcate the borders? Where does the “fasad” lays , when you can afford to deface the endless kilometers of Lebanese soil with your demeaning slogans?
3) Doc Geagea: I guess that the years spent in solitary in a basement at the “wizaret al difa3” were not enough to wash away the misdeeds of your past (and yours might need at least three generations of semi amnesiacs in order to ensure some kind of redemption). I do not give a crap if you have spent your time reading the Bible or any other religious book; your past (bloody and painful) is still vividly engraved in my soul that (to quote yet another idiot) “ma binsa wil sama zarka”.
4) Walid Beik: “A slip of the tongue”????? why ? was your head shoved up Hassouna’s arse so far that you took a liking to it? Or is it the “survival of the fittest”? How many more changes of allegiances will it take you to finally make a firm stand? Kamal is rolling in his grave, for he had the courage to stand for his beliefs (and that is why he was silenced). Go back to riding motorbikes, for you have shamed (and no I am not sectarian) your fellow Lebanese.
5) Goatee Saad : As a new comer in this cesspool, you should have stuck to taking care of your father’s “international” business. This new found Sunni alliance with the LF (and other Christian fractions) will not hold for long, in their (Christians that is) minds it is nothing but the lesser of two evils.
The list of grievances is long and encompasses the entire political class, wlek TFEH AND KISS EKHTKOUN KELLKOUN. I do not care if Brahim Kenaan’s convoy was attacked a couple of days ago, nor do I care about the exchange of gun fire in Becharre within the Touk family; but I am worried about the two last speeches of Hassouna (our divine leader) who started by (whilst pointing and shaking his finger in anger) telling us that the vents of the 7th f May are not only glorious but could also be extended to cover the 10452 Km2 that is Lebanon (excluding for the time being the Shebaa farms and the Ghajar village), and his explanation with regards to the Israeli maneuvers (as if it was the first time Israel undertakes such maneuvers) and how he reserves the rights (as a resistance of course) to take counter measures. Wlek ya Hassouna ma3leich, I wasn’t born yesterday.
From those “progeniture” of old prominent figures, outspoken, power crazed, megalomaniacs, new born Christians, newly released prisoners, blood stained militia leaders; to those barely riding on their family train (the likes of Arslan, Karame,…etc) WLEK FIKKO 3ANNA. Retire and enjoy all the money that you have accumulated (illegally) throughout our (doomed) first republic and still do today; and let us be.
The more we approach the “jour J”, the more I am convinced that my country is doomed.
Fuck it I say, screw them all!
BUT HOW? I am open to suggestions.

May 19, 2009 Posted by | Arslan, Christian, Damour, Hassan Nasrallah, Hizbullah, Israel, Kamal Jumblat, Lebanese Forces, Lebanon, Michel Aoun, Rachid Karame, Saad Hariri, Tayyar, Walid Jumblat | | 5 Comments

A voice from our bloody past !

Not long ago this following statement was painted all over the walls of what was once known as the Christian sector of Beirut “it is the duty of every Lebanese to kill a Palestinian”. Such words were deemed extreem by many on both sides of the divide, to the extent that the political party who had such “propos” documented in ink within its dogma, never gained too much ground. Almost no one in the mid seventies paid much attention to the rest of this party’s political agenda and philosophy (this politcal party in question is the Guardian Of the Cedars). What follows is a recent interview conducted with its founder Etienne Sakr AKA Abou Arz.

“1 – What is the status of the Guardians of the Cedars Party?
The question is indeed more painful than it is embarrassing. It is painful because of the feeling by party members that the generous sacrifices they made for Lebanon during the war, without anything in return, particularly the dead martyrs and the handicapped, have all been in vain. The dream that we promised them has also faded, namely to build a new and modern state that is worthy of those sacrifices and the aspirations of the Lebanese people. Underlying this feeling is that the state which came to being after the war is much worse than the state that existed before the war, and this is what really hurts me, my comrades, and the Lebanese in general.
The party’s supporters and partisans who are in Lebanon and in the Lebanese Diaspora worldwide feel alienation and estrangement, as well as disgust and frustration, not to say despair, at this situation. The feelings of alienation and estrangement stem from the absence of the party’s president from the headquarters in Beirut (19 years to date) and the inability of the presidential board which we formed in 2005 to substitute for the president, which is due to three reasons. First is the fact that the president is also the founder of the party, which makes filling the vacuum difficult and complicated. Second, the wrongful judicial pursuits against members of that board as a result of the press conference they held in September 2005 and from which they were exonerated. And third, the decaying political environment in which the country finds itself, and the control exerted by parties with non-Lebanese allegiance over every facet of public life, prevent the Guardians of the Cedars Party – which holds Lebanese nationalism as its sole ideology – from maneuvering in an environment that is 100% hostile to its own.
As for the feelings of disgust and frustration, they are shared by the majority of Lebanese, having reached this point after losing any hope in change, particularly through the existing political establishment which is corrupt in its vast majority and by any measure of corruption, and whose sole concern is to renew its grip on the country every 4 years. People are despondent and disheartened. Young people’s ambitions have become limited to securing emigration visas that get them out of the hell in which the political establishment keeps them. Life without hope is a true hell, let alone the stifling living conditions that continue to humiliate people and that have eradicated the middle class. The wealthy have become wealthier and the poor have become poorer.
2 – Has your cause won?
The answer is no, at least for now. If our cause had won, Lebanon would be in great shape. But right now, unfortunately, the anti-Lebanon side has won, which is the side whose allegiance is to outsiders before its allegiance to Lebanon. The sectarian, religious and fundamentalist mini-states have won over the one Lebanese state; the private armies have won over the one Lebanese army; the security zones have won over broader national security; and the political merchants and traitors to their nation who have generated this sick, impotent, corrupt and dismembered state have won over the capable, clean and healthy state for which we have always called in our conferences, statements and party literature. All of this reinforces in us the idea that the state of clinical death in which Lebanon finds itself, rather to which they have brought Lebanon, is no longer responsive to ordinary medicine; it requires another kind of treatment, or divine intervention maybe. Who knows?
Hence, in short, the Lebanese Resistance which we launched in 1975 has failed. The so-called Islamic Resistance has instead succeeded, even though the chances for success were stronger for the former than they were for the latter, and this is due to the stupidity of political Maronitism, at both its spiritual and temporal levels, which became adept at missing all opportunities. In addition, the struggle between Maronite leaders for power and money has been ongoing since the early 1940s and to this day. This is the bitter truth that ought to be said, and incidentally, “The Bitter Truth” is the title of the new book which I will publish upon my return to Lebanon.
3 – Are you with March 14 or March 8?
A question that many ask us every day. The March 14 group believes in an Arab Lebanon allied with the Saudi-Egyptian axis, and we all know the negative role played by that axis at the time of the Palestinian-Syrian war against Lebanon and during the infamous Syrian custody over Lebanon. The March 8 group also believes in an Arab Lebanon allied with the Syrian-Iranian axis, and no one is oblivious to the danger posed by this axis to Lebanon, in the past, at present and in the future. We, on the other hand, believe in Lebanon’s Lebanese identity, in a constant and absolute faith, and we believe in a complete and final Lebanese nation that belongs to no other nation. We declared this belief from the first day we took up weapons, i.e. on April 13, 1975, we continued tirelessly to reiterate this position, and we will never abandon it, regardless of the cost, the pursuits and persecution campaigns to which we are subjected. Speaking of pursuits, we draw the attention of the “honorable” regime that it has to hunt down the intellectuals of Lebanese nationalism, the likes of Charles Corm, Michel Chiha, Youssef al-Sawda, Said Akel, May Murr and others, and ban their books from the schools before it thinks of hunting down the Guardians of the Cedars. Let us not forget Fakhreddine, the founder of modern Lebanon on the basis of Lebanese nationalism.
Going back to the struggle of the axes between March 14 and March 8, the axis to which the Guardians of the Cedars Party belongs is the one extending from the Orontes River in the north to Naqura in the south and not one inch farther. The two axes of March 14 and March 8 belong to the same political school that is responsible for converting Lebanon into this crippled and disfigured state. Without false modesty, I say that the honorable Lebanese, deep down in their hearts and even though they don’t express it, belong to the school of the Guardians of the Cedars.
4 – What is your position vis-à-vis General Aoun and his visit to Syria?
No doubt that General Aoun today is not the General we knew during the battle of liberation of Tal Zaatar as chief of operations in Mar Shaya Monastery. He is not the General leading Battalion 13 which defended the frontlines after the two-year war. He is not the General who led the 8th Brigade in waging the glorious battles of Souk al-Gharb. He is not the General who led the War of Liberation against the Syrian occupation, militarily and politically, from inside and outside Lebanon. As for the arguments he gives to justify his new positions – such as: the problem with Syria is over after it evacuated Lebanon; or we must turn the page of the past and look to the future; or his defense of the weapons of the so-called Hezbollah and his choice of the Syrian-Iranian axis, or his demands to release the four officers…. etc. – they are groundless and unconvincing arguments.
We say that Syria has not left Lebanon. It remains very effectively involved in Lebanese security and politics. Its ambitions of hegemony over Lebanon remain where they are, albeit in a different approach. Also, looking forward to the future should not make us forget the past. We must benefit from the lessons of the past in order to handle the future in a sound manner, especially since this past is full of tragedies that have afflicted every Lebanese home and family. How can we seek reconciliation with Syria when it continues to hold our young men in its prisons? How can we forgive Syria when we have yet to hear one word of apology for all the individual crimes and the collective massacres it perpetrated against us like the hordes of Tatars and Mongols once did? How can we defend an axis that brought us nothing but destruction? How can we demand the release of officers whom the international investigator ordered to be held? Is it reasonable that international investigators are biased to one political side against another?
Making pretexts and arguments with the goal of justifying or covering for one’s actions is one thing. But to actually believe them is another. As for the visit to Syria, we commented on it at the time, and we said that we reject it in substance and in form. Attached is the text of our statement.
5 – Why doesn’t Abu Arz return to Lebanon?
When I went to Jezzine in 1990, after the fall of the Eastern regions to the Syrian occupation, judicial warrants were issued against me in absentia on charges of dealing with Israel. Everyone knows that when dictatorial regimes occupy a country, they resort to eliminating their opponents, either by military liquidation or by way of the judiciary. We thought that these warrants will be dropped with the fall of the Syrian occupation, but these warrants remain standing, which goes to show that nothing has really changed in the Lebanese regime. The regime in power today is one way or another an extension of the regime that existed before the liberation, and this is truly unfortunate.
It is incumbent on me to clarify here this ambiguous aspect that has become the hallmark of our political history:
1-We dealt with Israel in the same way that all the parties of the Lebanese Front dealt with it: Phalangists, National Liberals, Tanzim, Lebanese Forces, and others. No more, no less.
2-We say that we dealt with Israel and our relation with it remained one of peers, in contrast to those parties which dealt with Syria and were tools, let’s say “cheap tools”, in the hands of Syria.
3-We dealt with Israel for the purpose of defending Lebanon and to serve Lebanon’s highest interests. Others dealt with Syria against Lebanon and in order to achieve personal goals at the expense of Lebanon’s highest interests.
4-Syria’s agents occupied the highest positions in the state. They pilfered the country’s resources together and in collusion with the Syrian occupation, while we went into exile enduring the anguish of separation and the harshness of life.

Consequently, we leave it to the people to decide who is the agent and who is the patriot. We accept the people’s judgment because, as a matter of principle, all authority comes from the people.
6 – What is your position on the weapons of the Resistance?
We don not consider Hezbollah a “resistance” in defense of Lebanon. It is an Iranian detachment holding a fundamentalist ideology that is alien to Lebanon. Its weapons, therefore, are a danger to the country, today, tomorrow and forever. Those weapons must be removed in application of resolution of 1559. Otherwise, there will never be a State in Lebanon, and all the talk about coexistence between the State and [Hezbollah’s] mini-state is nonsense and merely delays the solution. As for the “defense strategy”, it is a ridiculous contrivance whose objective is to throw a smokescreen; pursuing it is like pursuing a mirage.
Lebanon, at your service”
Abu Arz

February 6, 2009 Posted by | Guardian of the Cedar, Israel, Lebanese Forces, Lebanon, Palestine, PLO, Syria | , , , , , | 6 Comments

GAZA Halte à l’hypocrisie arabe ambiante

Thanks to Del and M for passing on this interesting article.

“L’information : une poignée de blessés est évacuée de la bande de Gaza afin de recevoir des soins en Libye. Moi, je me souviens des milliers de Palestiniens qui croupissent dans le Sahara, à la frontière égyptienne, depuis que le colonel Muammar Kadhafi les a expulsés [en 1995].

La scène : le président soudanais en uniforme parle à ses généraux pour dire que la mort de centaines de Palestiniens constitue “un génocide”. Moi, je me souviens d’un génocide qui a lieu au Darfour.

La nouvelle : en Irak, le mouvement de Moqtada Al-Sadr [radical chiite] organise des manifestations de soutien à Gaza. Moi, je me souviens du sang que les milices sadristes ont fait couler et des milliers de réfugiés palestiniens qui ont dû quitter Bagdad et qui campent dans le désert à la frontière syrienne ou jordanienne en attendant que quelqu’un veuille bien les accueillir.

La surprise : Ayman Al-Zawahiri [le numéro deux d’Al-Qaida] dénonce le bombardement de civils. Moi, je me souviens de la “résistance” irakienne qui, le même jour, envoie une kamikaze se faire exploser au milieu d’une manifestation de soutien aux Palestiniens à Mossoul, faisant des dizaines de victimes.

L’annonce : des groupes gauchistes et islamistes de l’opposition égyptienne manifestent contre l’offensive israélienne. Moi, je me souviens de leur silence face aux crimes commis au Soudan et de leurs cris de soutien à Saddam Hussein, l’ancien président irakien pour qui le chemin de Jérusalem passait par le massacre de centaines de milliers de ses propres citoyens.

La publicité : la chaîne satellitaire du Qatar Al-Jazira diffuse une campagne contre l’impuissance des régimes arabes. Moi, je me souviens des bombes qui transitaient par le Qatar avant d’être acheminées vers Israël au moment de la guerre contre le Liban en 2006. Qu’à cela ne tienne, le Qatar a été le seul pays arabe qui a eu droit à des affiches placardées par le Hezbollah en remerciement pour ses généreux dons d’argent. Je me souviens que le Qatar abrite la principale base militaire américaine du Golfe et héberge un représentant des intérêts économiques israéliens [cette représentation vient d’être gelée].

La surprise : le régime syrien autorise des manifestations… contre la passivité des autres régimes arabes. Moi, je me souviens du calme qui règne aux frontières de ce pays “du front du refus” et au sort de tous ceux qui s’aventureraient à les traverser afin de s’infiltrer en Israël. Je me souviens de la chasse que Damas faisait dans les années 1970 et 1980 pour combattre l’Organisation de libération de la Palestine (OLP).

L’image : Khaled Mechaal, le chef extérieur du Hamas – installé à Damas et non pas sous les bombes à Gaza – déclare : “Nous avons limité nos pertes.” Il ne parle que des pertes dans les rangs du Hamas, réduisant les centaines de morts et les milliers de blessés à une variable d’ajustement.

Israël promet à ses citoyens la tranquillité, fût-ce au prix de rayer Gaza de la carte. Quant au Hamas, il promet à ses citoyens la mort prochaine, fût-ce au prix du tir d’une misérable roquette. Quelle belle stratégie, grisante et prometteuse ! Elle permet au Hamas d’annoncer la “victoire” quels que soient les résultats de la guerre et quel que soit le nombre de victimes. Une victoire incontestable. Car comment ne pas être désarmé face à celui qui défend l’idée selon laquelle on détruit Israël en lançant des roquettes alors qu’on sait que les représailles provoqueront la mort de centaines d’enfants palestiniens ?

Ce que nous avons appris encore et encore, c’est que chaque fois qu’on a encensé la résistance, on a récolté une guerre civile. Les Arabes en général et les Palestiniens en particulier sont fatigués par soixante années de conflit. Il en va de même pour les Israéliens. Pour les adeptes de la résistance, la fatigue relève de la “défection” du côté arabe, et de la “faiblesse” du côté israélien. Ils veulent relancer le conflit et lui insuffler une nouvelle vigueur. Mais dans quel but ? La seule chose qui nous semble acquise, ce sont ces “victoires divines” qui se traduisent par des guerres civiles, des invasions américaines, des raids israéliens.”

Youssef Bazzi
Al Mustaqbal

Don’t you ever wonder why most of the Arabs states tried at one point in time to get rid of the Palestinians?
Any comments??????????

January 28, 2009 Posted by | Darfour, Iraq, Israel, Khaled Mechaal, Palestine, Syria, Terrorism, Youssef Bazzi | , , | 5 Comments

Wafa Sultan on Gaza

A must read, with no comments on my behalf.
Just spare the time and read carefully.

Le point de vue de Wafa Sultan

La célèbre sociologue d’origine syrienne, Wafa Sultan, vient de publier l’un des points de vue le plus cinglants concernant la situation à Gaza. Elle plonge aux origines de l’islam pour expliquer le conflit entre deux conceptions diamétralement opposées : la culture de la vie contre la culture de la mort et du martyre. Elle s’appuie sur des exemples de l’histoire récente pour dénoncer une religion, une culture et une idéologie barbares… En voici les extraits les plus significatifs, traduits par Chawki Freïha.

(…) Puisqu’il m’importe peu de satisfaire les uns, de défendre les autres ou d’éviter la colère des troisièmes, je peux dire que le Hamas n’est qu’une sécrétion islamique terroriste dont le comportement irresponsable à l’égard de sa population l’empêche de se hisser au niveau du gouvernement. Mais ceci est conforme à l’habitude, puisque, à travers l’histoire de l’islam, jamais une bande de criminels islamistes n’a respecté ses administrés. (…) Je ne prétends pas défendre Israël, puisque les Juifs ne m’ont pas demandé mon avis quant à leur terre promise. S’ils me demandent mon avis, je leur conseille de brûler leurs livres sacrés et de quitter la région et de sauver leur peau. Car les musulmans constituent une nation rigide exempte de cerveau. Et c’est contagieux. Tous ceux qui les fréquentent perdent la cervelle…

Avant la création de l’Etat d’Israël, l’histoire n’a jamais mentionné une guerre impliquant les Juifs, ni qu’un Juif ait commandé une armée ou mené une conquête. Mais les musulmans sont des combattants, des conquérants et leur histoire ne manque pas d’exemples et de récits de conquêtes, de morts, de tueries, de razzias… Pour les musulmans, tuer est un loisir. Et s’ils ne trouvent pas un ennemi à tuer, ils s’entretuent entre eux.

Il est impossible pour une nation qui éduque ses enfants sur la mort et le martyre, pour plaire à son créateur, d’enseigner en même temps l’amour de la vie. La vie a-t-elle une valeur pour une société qui inculque à ses enfants qu’ils doivent tuer ou être tués pour aller au Paradis ?

(…) Depuis le début de l’opération israélienne contre Gaza, je suis bombardée de courriers électroniques venant de lecteurs musulmans qui me demandent mon avis sur ce qui se déroule à Gaza. Je ne suis pas concernée par ce qui s’y passe, mais je suis intéressée par les motivations qui animent ceux qui m’écrivent. Je suis convaincue que ce qui les motive n’est pas la condamnation de l’horreur, ni la condamnation de la mort qui sévit à Gaza. Car, si la motivation était réellement la condamnation de la mort, ces mêmes lecteurs se seraient manifestés à d’autres occasions où la vie était menacée.

Ceux qui condamnent le massacre de Gaza, par défense de la vie en tant de valeur, doivent m’interroger sur mon avis à chaque fois que cette vie-valeur était menacée. Plus de 200.000 musulmans Algériens ont été massacrés par d’autres musulmans Algériens ces quinze dernières années, sans qu’aucun musulman ne s’en émeuve. Des femmes Algériennes violées par les islamistes ont témoigné et raconté que leurs violeurs priaient Allah et imploraient son Prophète avant qu’ils ne violent leurs victimes. Mais personne ne m’a demandé mon avis. Plus de 20.000 citoyens syriens musulmans avaient été massacrés par les autorités (Hamas en 1983) sans qu’aucun musulman ne réagisse et sans qu’aucun ne me demande mon avis sur ces massacres étatiques. Des musulmans se sont fait exploser dans des hôtels jordaniens tuant des musulmans innocents qui célébraient des mariages, symboles de la vie-valeur, sans qu’aucune manifestation ne soit organisée à travers le monde, et sans qu’on ne me demande mon avis. En Egypte, des islamistes ont récemment attaqué un village copte et ont massacré 21 paysans, sans qu’un seul musulman ne dénonce ce crime. Saddam Hussein a enterré vivant plus de 300.000 chiites et kurdes, et en a gazé beaucoup plus, sans qu’un seul musulman n’ose réagir et dénoncer ces crimes.

Au plus fort des bombardements de Gaza, une femme musulmane, fidèle et pieuse, s’est fait exploser en Irak dans une mosquée chiite, tuant une trentaine d’innocents, sans que les médias ou les musulmans ne s’en émeuvent. Il y a quelques mois, le Hamas avait aussi tué onze personnes d’une même famille palestinienne, accusés d’appartenir au Fatah, sans que des manifestations ne soient organisées en Europe ou dans le monde arabe, et sans qu’aucun lecteur ne m’écrive et ne m’envoie ses protestations.

Ainsi, la vie n’a pas de valeur pour le musulman. Sinon, il aurait dénoncé toute atteinte à la vie, quelle qu’en soit la victime. Les Palestiniens et leurs soutiens dénoncent les massacres de Gaza, non pas par amour de la vie, mais pour dénoncer l’identité dues tueurs. Si le tueur était musulman, appartenant au Hamas ou au Fatah, aucune manifestation n’aurait eu lieu.

(…) CNN a diffusé un documentaire sur Gaza montrant une femme palestinienne qui se lamente et crie : mais qu’on fait nos enfants pour être tués comme ça ? Mais qui sait. Peut-être qu’il s’agit de la même palestinienne qui se réjouissait il y a deux ans quand l’un de ses fils s’était fait exploser dans un restaurant de Tel-Aviv et qui disait souhaiter que ses autres enfants suivent le même exemple et devenir martyrs.

Mais quand l’idéologie et l’endoctrinement sont d’une telle bassesse, il devient normal que cette palestinienne perde toute valeur à la vie. Sinon, elle pleurerait ses enfants de la même façon qu’ils se tuent dans un attentat suicide à Tel-Aviv ou sous les bombes israéliennes. Car, la mort est la même qu’elle qu’en soient les circonstances, et elle demeure rejetée, et au contraire, la vie mérite d’être vécue et pleurée.

Dans ce cas, comment puis-je me solidariser avec une femme qui lance les youyous de jouissance quand l’un de ses enfants se fait exploser contre les juifs, et elle pleure quand les juifs tuent ses autres enfants ? Mais l’idéologie enseigne aux musulmans que tuer ou être tué permet au fidèle de gagner le paradis. Dans ce cas, pourquoi pleurer les Gazaouis alors qu’ils n’ont pas bougé le petit doigt pour les Irakiens, les Algériens, les Egyptiens ou les Syriens pourtant musulmans ?

(…) Après ce qui précède, je suis certaine que ceux qui m’écrivent et me demandent mon avis sur ce qui se passe à Gaza cherchent à me faire dire ce qu’ils peuvent utiliser pour m’incriminer et me condamner, ou pour me faire dire ce qu’ils ne peuvent exprimer eux-mêmes.

(…) Borhane, un jeune palestinien de 14 ans, a perdu il y a une dizaine d’années ses bras, ses jambes et la vue dans l’explosion d’une mine en Cisjordanie. La communauté palestinienne aux Etats-Unis s’est mobilisée pour lui venir en aide et financer son hospitalisation dans l’espoir de sauver ce qui pouvait l’être. Lors d’un dîner de bienfaisance organisé à son profit en Californie, la plus riche palestinienne des Etats-Unis s’est présenté en grande fourrure, et a qualifié Borhane de héros. Elle s’est adressée à ce bout de chair immobile et inerte: Borhane, tu es notre héros. Le pays a besoin de toi. Tu dois retourner dans le pays pour empêcher les Sionistes de le confisquer… Mais l’hypocrisie de la palestinienne la plus riche des Etats-Unis l’empêche d’envoyer ses propres enfants défendre la Palestine contre les Sionistes. Exactement à l’image des chefs du Hamas qui demandent les sacrifices à Gaza, mais restent à l’abri à Damas et à Beyrouth.

(…) La guerre contre Gaza est certes une horreur. Mais elle a le mérite de dévoiler une hypocrisie inégalé dans l’histoire récente de l’humanité. Une hypocrisie qui distingue les Frères Musulmans syriens qui annoncent abandonner leurs activités d’opposition, pour resserrer les rangs contre les sionistes. Mais ces Frères musulmans ont-ils le droit d’oublier les crimes du régime commis contre les leurs à Hama, Homs et Alep ? Avant de se réconcilier avec le régime pour lutter contre les sionistes, ces Frères musulmans ont-ils dénoncé les crimes commis par leurs alliés et partenaires (dans la confrérie) en Algérie et en Irak ? Ont-ils dénoncé la mort de centaines de milliers de chiites en Irak sur le pont des oulémas à Bagdad, pulvérisé par l’un des vôtres conformément aux enseignements de votre religion de la paix et de la miséricorde ? Avez-vous une seule fois dénoncé les exactions contre les chrétiens en Irak ? Ou contre les coptes en Egypte ? Votre hypocrisie nous empêche de croire vos sentiments à l’égard des enfants de Gaza, puisque vous êtes responsables du pire.

(…) Essayons d’imaginer ce que le Hamas aurait fait du Fatah, et des autres, s’il possédait la technologie et les armes d’Israël ? Essayons d’imaginer ce que l’Iran aurait fait des sunnites de la région, s’il détenait les armes modernes que possède Israël ? Ce serait sans doute le massacre garanti.

(…) J’ai récemment rencontré un religieux hindou en marge d’une conférence consacrée à la guerre contre le terrorisme. Il m’a dit : « toutes les guerres se sont déroulées entre le bien et le mal. Sauf la prochaine, elle doit se dérouler entre le mal et le mal ». N’ayant pas compris ses propos, je lui ai demandé des explications. Il m’a dit : « Je suis contre la présence américaine en Irak et en Afghanistan. Si les Etats-Unis veulent gagner la guerre contre les islamistes, ils doivent se retirer et laisser les deux pôles du mal s’entretuer. Les sunnites et les chiites étant nourris sur la haine, vont se battre et se neutraliser ».

Tirant la conclusion de ces mots remplis de sagesse, on peut dire qu’Israël contribue aujourd’hui, inconsciemment, au succès de l’islam. En s’attaquant à Gaza, Israël pousse les musulmans à se solidariser et à surpasser leurs divergences. Et septembre noir en Jordanie est encore dans tous les esprits (…). Les exactions dont sont capables les arabes et les musulmans dépassent toute imagination. Un char jordanien avait écrasé un palestinien, puis le conducteur du char est descendu de son blindé et a bourré la bouche de sa victime avec un journal… Un comportement qu’aucun militaire israélien n’a eu à Gaza. Aussi, pendant les massacres de Hama en Syrie, des militants des Frères musulmans trempaient leurs mains dans le sang des victimes pour écrire sur les murs : Allah Akbar, gloire à l’islam. Je n’ai jamais entendu qu’un juif ait écrit avec le sang d’un autre juif des slogans à la gloire du judaïsme. Je le dis avec un pincement au cœur : pour sauver l’humanité du terrorisme, il faut que le monde libre se retire et qu’il laisse les musulmans s’entretuer.

(…) Je me souviens quand j’étais étudiante à l’université d’Alep, et quand l’ancien ministre syrien de la Défense Mustapha Tlass était venu nous rencontrer. Dans un élan d’hypocrisie, Tlass nous avait dit qu’« Israël craint la mort et la perte d’un de ses soldats lui fait peur et mal. Mais nous, nous avons beaucoup d’hommes et nos hommes ne craignent pas la mort ». Là réside la différence entre les deux conceptions et les deux camps, et le témoignage de Tlass semble avoir inspiré les dirigeants du Hamas aujourd’hui.

Ainsi, l’extermination de tous les enfants de Gaza importe peu aux dirigeants islamistes et du Hamas, la vie n’ayant aucune valeur pour eux. Ils se réjouissent simplement de la mort de quelques soldats israéliens. Pour les islamistes, l’objectif de la vie est de tuer ou de se faire tuer pour gagner le paradis. La vie n’a donc aucune valeur.

(…) Si le Prophète Mohammed savait que le Juif allait voler un jour à bord des F-16, il n’aurait pas commandé à ses disciples de tuer les juifs jusqu’au jour dernier. Mais ses disciples doivent modifier cette idéologie par pitié pour les générations futures, et pour sauver leur descendance et lui préparer une vie meilleure, loin de l’idéologisation de la mort.

Les musulmans doivent commencer par se changer, pour prétendre changer la vie. Ils doivent rejeter la culture de la mort enseignée et véhiculée par leurs livres. C’est seulement quand ils y parviendront qu’ils n’auront plus d’ennemis. Car, celui qui apprend à aimer son fils plus qu’à haïr son ennemi appréciera mieux la vie. Aussi, jamais la terre ne vaut la vie des personnes, et les Arabes sont le peuple qui a le moins besoin de la terre. Mais paradoxalement, c’est le peuple qui déteste le plus la vie. Quand est-ce que les Arabes comprendront-ils cette équation et commenceront-ils à aimer la vie ?

January 15, 2009 Posted by | Chawki Freiha, Gaza, Israel, Palestine, Wafa Sultan | , , , | 60 Comments

Died in vain part "I"

Tensions are running high lately and our nation’s future never looked gloomier. Speculation, analysis and even wishful thinking are polluting the blogosphere which I frequent daily. A new breed of even more FUCKED UP Lebanese has emerged and is utilizing the technology, we (children of the 60’s) never had in order to, not only foresee the future; but to make our martyrs roll over in their graves.
Walid Jumblatt’s latest (but not last) 180 degree turn, Michel Suleiman call for all nations to extend the arm of friendship towards our sister in the north, and the latest army helicopter mishap; made my blood boil once again. That very same blood that I am more than willing to shed once again in order to ensure freedom and PRIDE for my son within the 10452 Km2 that was once this great nation of ours.
The events are too numerous to count (but if I find the time), I will remind you of them, even in small parts. Therefore I will start with the following LOCAL historical facts (with no analysis and opinions) in the hope that I will have the stamina, time and courage, to see it through the end.
Unfortunately there is no end, as we are still encountering the remaining of a war that did not end (la ghaleb wa la maghloub). So bare with me, my devoted (few readers) for this is nothing but the first part of many.
Here we go counting the dead:
1975.
13th April : Bus incident Ain Al Roummaneh, Kataeb V/S PLO (from Tal Al Zaatar) 31 dead.
20th May: Dekwaneh, Kataeb V/S PLO, 24 dead.
27th October: Morabitoun take over Murr tower, no official accounts of dead people.
1st December: Israel attacks south of Lebanon, 111 dead.
And this is only a few months within the start of the civil war.
The following posts will depict my own recollection of 15 years of USELESS MURDER, one year after the other. But be aware that the conclusion will not fall short of a call to arms and total refusal to bow down to the present power. The power of the Hizb and all that it entails. Today I am no longer a pacifist, nor am I a bystander who is willing to look upon veiled women with a smile upon his face.
Today (once again) I declare my own (Lebanese) “Jihad”.

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August 29, 2008 Posted by | Hizbollah, Israel, Jihad, Lebanon, Mourabitoun, PLO, Syria, Walid Jumblat | 10 Comments

Ă bon entendeur salut !

Je ne vais pas mâcher mes mots, à bon entendeur salut !
Regardless of politics and the latest bilateral talks with our sisterly neighbour; I would like tonight to rant about MY own perception of Lebanon. Lebanon my country of origin, the Lebanon I once vowed to protect, the Lebanon I believed in.
In the mid seventies, hell broke loose and many Lebanese took up arms. Each and everyone fought for what they thought was the Lebanese cause by “excellence”. Allegiances were made, broken, replaced; while Lebanese shed their blood (in vain). Hundreds of ceasefires were agreed upon, but never respected; hatred grew stronger. The Palestinians turned from refugees to main instigators of death and destruction in their vain attempt to create a state within a state (the Kissinger plan), the Syrian army switched from a member of an Arab Peace Keeping force into an invader. Even Somalia (via its mercenaries, thanks to the Iztaz and Amal) became a source death. Our neighbour in the south, one moonless night decided to join in the bloodiest show of force. Some (Lebanese) did see in the southerly incursion a way towards salvation and the establishment of their own vision of Lebanon.
But this is war, one might say; all is allowed.
All is allowed. Even snipers on roof tops being paid by the kill. People being tied to car bumpers (alive) and being dragged down the street until dead. People having their throats cut with a Boucher knife from ear to ear for belonging to a different sect. Entire villages and towns massacred…etc.
Remember those days my fellow Lebanese; but also remember those who sponsored such terror (both local and foreign). Those are the same people whom today claim to have your best interest at heart.
Guns, canons, mortars, ammunitions, shells, tanks, and hefty banker’s checks were given to us graciously by those who today claim to have our best interest at heart, and yes I am repeating myself.
10 years within our civil war, all conflicting parties knew that an absolute win was nothing else than a pipe dream. This fact did not stop them from further pushing Lebanon into the abyss.
Our neighbor from the north waved its magical wand and the war stopped (invasion of Kuwait, Desert Storm, American foreign policy, Syria being the last Arab country to give its OK, Michel Aoun in the French embassy in pajamas…etc) and we became a satellite state for an oppressive neighborly regime. Meanwhile the biggest threat to Lebanon was growing stronger; Hizbullah was enjoying a free reign.
From endless months of camping paralyzing down town Beirut and causing many business to close, to yet another divine victory when a child killer was freed; this cancer was further injected into the few remaining healthy limbs of our country.
Wake up people of this once great nation, for M14’ers have sold out and Hizbollah has officially taken over. Do not expect much from the upcoming elections, Syria’s influence is once again predominant.

Lancelot

August 16, 2008 Posted by | Beirut, Hizbollah, Israel, Kissinger, Kuwait, Lebanon, Michel Aoun, Palestinians, Politics, Syria | Leave a comment

NO, NO, NO, and then NO !

No matter how hard I claim (or even think) that I am an open minded person, I still cannot see a molecule of logic which will change my opinion with regards to Samir Al Kuntar.
Regardless of the numerous comments I’ve read (on this subject) on my blog and others, I cannot see the martyr or hero in this evil persona.
This deep (and forever engraved) feeling of disdain was today accentuated when he stood next to (yet another dick head) Wiam Wahhab, and informed us all that we should no longer fear for the “Moukawameh”s weapons and might (for they have won, according to him and many others).
Mr. Kuntar has assured all Lebanese (his own kind) that the battle is far from over. Wearing the Hizb’s military attire (with his name proudly stitched in yellow on his suit), standing next to the Syrian regime’s spokesman Wahab, confirmed our (true Lebanese) fears.
Kuntar said openly, bluntly, ARROGANTLY; that the struggle continues. In his own words Kuntar (who is now embraced and glorified by the “Moukawameh”) informed us that Israel will not rest; for according to him the battle to be waged is that of Palestine. He vowed (and those he NOW represent) to keep up the fight, providing moral, logistical and ARMS support to the Palestinians in the occupied territories. “We have your back” he said whilst being hailed by Wahab.
Can anyone still dispute the fact that this fundamentally evil FUCK (and I will not say “child killer” for a change) is nothing but a demented animal, who after 30 years in captivity, is going after his “5 minutes of fame”?
Kuntar was given (publicly) a hero’s welcome by almost all members of our newly formed government.
Doesn’t his words represent a threat to our sworn enemy?
Doesn’t his words represent an excuse for Israel to OBLITRATE Lebanon?
Samir Kuntar (regardless of whether some of you idiots still regard him as a hero) should be hanged by the balls in Lebanon, for the crimes he did, and those he will inflict upon us.

July 20, 2008 Posted by | Israel, Lebanon, Samir Kuntar, Wiam Wahab | 4 Comments

R.I.P Lebanon 1943-2008.

The past ten days were hell (for personal reasons). I felt so angry on so many levels; I even questioned God and his wisdom. As I was getting closure and trying to revert back to normal life; I was slapped with yet a greater evil than death; the evil of those who inflict death. “Samir Al Kuntar”.
Being incapacitated (due to a minor motorbike incident) I spent the afternoon glued to my TV set watching the shameful parade being broadcasted on many local and Arab TV stations. A child killer was given a hero’s welcome, and Lebanon (my country) has once more shown to the CIVILIZED world that it was nothing more than 10452 Km2 of scum. “al silah zinat al rijal” I heard uttered from the mouth of our “divine leader”. Emile (in all his glory) was drooling (or smiling, I could never tell the difference). Suleiman, Saniora and Berri were anxiously waiting at “Hariri’s” airport the return of their prodigal son, even Georges Adwan took part in this shameful celebration. A few hours earlier we had the privilege of seeing our newly elected government members (all dressed in white) parade at the Baabda palace for the inaugural picture. Maybe they should have waited a few hours so that Kuntar could join. After hearing his speech (in well spoken Arabic) it would not have surprised me.
Hizbollah has won, and has taken over MY country.
A battalion of “moukawimin” in full army gear was a cruel reminder that 120000 (accounted for) martyrs have died in vain.
Saad Hariri’s stupid smile (and his goatee) is another clear sign of defeat.
George Adwan’s presence at the “festivities” is a clear picture of whose (tied arse) you should lick in fear.
Walid Jumblat’s (but not Ghazi Al Aaridi, his lackey) absence (today, but not tomorrow) is an indication of whom is dictating the future of MY country.
Michel Aoun (the demented general) I don’t even need to comment !
Nasser Kandil was the epitome of days supposedly gone (but not forgotten).
Last but not least, Olmert , for having plunged Lebanon (once again) deep into the abyss.
Full honours were deployed, even the presidential “helicopter” since we cannot afford an “air force one”; only to see that the Lebanese government (with all its institutions) was over shadowed by the Hizb’s military machine (even a cavalry).
Kiss ikhtkoun killkoun (politicians that is), starting with the LF and ending with Ali Kanso in his white safari suite.
Mr. Chamoun was the only voice of reason today, for he has said what (I hope) many of us feel.
I am Lebanese with a dual nationality (second being British) , and today I feel ashamed of my citizenship of birth.

Today, I feel the pain and the disappointment of the Haran family. Moreover I cry for all those who died (Lebanese) during the 15 years of civil war for their (at times twisted) notion of a free Lebanon.
Fuck you all who rejoiced today.I am Lebanese, and you are NOT !
Bite me!

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July 16, 2008 Posted by | Hizbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Michel Suleiman, Samir Kuntar | 10 Comments

And then they were three

In that year (1978) Israel crossed into southern Lebanon on March 15 and struck at PLO terrorist bases and staging areas south of the Litani River, up to ten kilometers deep inside the country. Twenty-one IDF soldiers were killed before the operation ended on March 21, 1978. In this year Genesis released their album entitled “And then there were three” (with Mike Rutherford). Tonight as I was pondering about the imminent release of Lebanese prisoners (live ones that is) within Israeli jails, “ballad of big” was playing in the background on vinyl (Call me old fashioned, I do not care), while sifting through different news agencies. Irony struck. I took a pause and listened to the music, and EUREKA! There are only three (Samir Kuntar, Yehia Skaff, and Ali Faratan). What a coincidence. Call it telepathy, a sign, an omen, a premonition, or even a nightmare; for me it was a wake up call.
Signs and posters are being made and erected in preparation for the release of the NEWLY FOUND resistance hero throughout the south (even though he belonged to a Palestinian faction). Another promise “fulfilled” will be shoved down our throats. Yes with this exchange of prisoners the Hizb will finally justify the July war (“free Samir Kuntar operation), and then what?
1200 dead, billions of dollars in damages is the price us Lebanese had to pay for the freedom of three thugs.
I used to be a proud southerner; I used to be a proud Lebanese; but no longer. I am part of a silent majority with hands shackled and voice muffled; waiting to get shafted up the ass once more.
Those about to be released soon can rot in hell as far as I am concerned, for they were never Lebanese; I long for the day when TRUE Lebanese, held and tortured north of our country (alive or dead, the thousands of them) will receive the welcome those FUCKS are getting, if ever they will return.
Tfeh!

July 1, 2008 Posted by | Ali Faratan, Israel, Lebanon, Samir Kuntar, Syria, Yehia Skaff | 2 Comments

Dumb and Dumber !

Tueini called for Saniora’s honorable retreat, Edde broke clean from M14 coalition, Kassem pointed his finger and reinstated the need for Hizbullah’s arms, Syria will fully cooperate (with IAEA), Israel undertook maneuvers aimed at hitting nuclear targets, USA and Iraq are in disagreement, ceasefire (for 6 months) is in place between Hamas and Israel in Gazza …etc; and Lebanon is fucked once again.
While our politicians are still squabbling about who gets the bigger share of the milking cow (the governmental institutions), geopolitics are once again changing. A “new found Christian” is trying his best to leave the white house with a shred of dignity (having fucked up royally in most of his foreign policies, especially Iraq), a head of a murderous oppressive regime (who recently was awarded the symbol of non-violence) back peddling in order to avoid the wrath of the above mentioned ˝new found Christian “, a mother country (mére patrie) attempting to relive it’s glory days within the “pays du Levant” by inviting Bashar to celebrate the commemoration of 14th of July (liberté, egalité, fraternité).
The Cedar Revolution has been filed along with most unresolved cases of power abuse, self enrichment, theft, breach of constitution, political murders…etc, under the pretext of avoiding civil strife (newly found excuse). Leaders from the wide spectrum of Lebanese political life took turns in justifying to their “flock” the stand which they all claim is the only salvation.
Even in the mind of the dumbest of the dumb, some questions should have been raised about such a change.
But NO.
The talk is all about the summer season, the 1.5 million tourists scheduled to come (ex-pats included), and the dollars Lebanon will reap.
In the US one can ;when push comes to shove, claim the 5th; in Lebanon we have a wider choice: Selective memory, fait accompli, no other alternative, lesser of two evils….etc; and most of all “wlek hayda Libnan”!
A million (debatable, remember “zoom I and zoom out?”) took to the streets in 2005 (when demonstrations where deemed illegal) in order to make their voice and aspirations heard. This same crowd FORCED the Syrian army to withdraw with it’s tail up Bashar’s ass. This very same crowd took down Karame’s cabinet.

Where is this crowd now?

Probably still waiting for our ROTTEN political class to dictate their moves, when it suits their own personal purpose/enrichment.

Fellow Lebanese, Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumber) has a higher IQ than all of you put together.
You truly deserve to live under the Syrian boot !

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June 20, 2008 Posted by | Basar Al Assad, Cedar Revolution, George Bush, IAEA, Israel, Jeff Daniels, Lebanon, Syrian, United Nations | 5 Comments