Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lebanon: a place beyond repair

Posts rotating on facebook, the committee passed the Orthodox Electoral Law. When it was first suggested, we all made fun of it, treated it as a hilarious joke, and thought that it won't pass. But surprise, it's on it's way, and guess what, it's a boy, a christian boy.

Here i would like to point out that i will not engage into analysis of how rooted the corruption, segregation, fear of the other, sectarianism (in case you are wondering, yes it's being used as a negative word) and other different disasters in this law, neither will i flush out my disappointment in a place i used to think of as home, and the hopes and wasted years of actually trying to resist this system of sectarianism and civil war, as i try to avoid going on the edge with my nerves and spend sleepless nights of vomiting from disgust and having nightmares about where Lebanon is heading, but i will try to imagine through few questions, what's next?

After the "orthodoxy":

1- Will the Christian leaders still allow their christian voters to speak to muslims? or anybody who is not Christian?  Or will the communication between christians and non-christians happen only in the form of shooting each other, forming ghettos, killing each other, and one massacre from here, another from there? Moreover Did we really forget our most recent history?

2- Will the christians and none christians still be allowed to share the same oxygen? or will Achrafieh - Sodeco vs. Ras el Nabe3 and Bshara el Khoury - Ain el Remene vs. Sheye7 get covered with thick layers of sphere oxygen distillators to protect the christians from contaminated non christian air and vise versa?

3- This one really worries me!  will they allow the christians and the "others"  to share the same bathrooms in public places? will they be allowed to share public spaces in general? will achrafieh welcome Ali while dahye welcome Charbel? and what exactly will happened to our mixed sects areas?

4- Are we allowed to say hi to each other? or will we be legally charged for that?

5 - Will the restaurants in christian areas be called as: christian rest 1 - christian rest 2 - christian rest 3 - The crucifixion snack - Man2oushit virgin Marry - Hummus el batrak - Mat3am george lil mawarina and therefore you are not welcome here and so on......????

6- Will watching "future - Manar - New Tv" get banned in christian areas so news get restricted to watching " LBCI - MTV-OTV"???

7- What if a cat passed from ras el nabe3 to sodeco? how will we shoot it? How, just how, will we avoid contaminating our areas with pebbles from the "other" area, or even dust, or the worst, air?!

8- Will none christian students still be allowed in christian universities and viceversa?

9- Will the law that was suggested by Butros Hareb (where christians are prohibited from selling land to muslims and vise-versa) pass? and if so, will we divide the ocean and the clouds?

10- Can anyone give me a date of when will we go back to killing each other according to our area, ID, names, sect & religion, because on that day, i want to burn my passport and forget that i ever had any genes, roots or any relation to such a disgusting country i was once part of building.

Regardless of the debates about how this law is unconstitutional, the fact that this law was suggested in the first place is most of what matters.......

I was born in the civil war, for years, i didn't know anything else, the view of the sniper on our doorstep was something normal, the underground shelters were  normal parts of my daily routine, the shortage of food, gas, water and electricity, and fitting with my sisters at night in the bathroom, and having to sleep there, is basically the biggest part of my childhood. I didn't have a cat, i had a pet bomb.  I, like you and every lebanese family, lost a cousin, a friend, a neighbor for this bloody war. I even have a talent in telling the difference between  fireworks and an actual bombs. And the thing that is annoying me the most about the orthodox gathering law is that for some reason, it triggers in me all those memories, a feeling beyond repair, just like Lebanon. 


Mohammed ElKhateeb said...

That's very sad :(

لين هاشم said...

Saddest part is that this rotten cake still manages to seduce the "progressive" who still believe in "reforming" the system using its rotten sectarian tools.