Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The masquerade is over in Lebanon

This is something I wanted to write from sometimes during the Lebanese war but I believe it is never too late . I wanted to write another title for this post , I want to hold the title of Mahmoud Darwish's famous poem he wrote in the invasion of Beirut 1982 which Magda El-Roumi sang after that "Sakaat El-Kan'a- The Mask was pull over " but as you see it is not that sweet in English and thus I chose this title "The Masquerade is over in Lebanon" ,already it has same meaning of the poem

Both means the real faces and personalities of people mainly the leaders whether presidents or kings or politicians , the masquerade of political deception is over thanks to the war Israel declared on Lebanon for one month , one month exposed all those whether from Lebanon or the Arab world or even the whole world , it exposed them and made them appear naked in front of us , the people of the Arab world .

This war made see real faces of politicians in Lebanon in a way I could never imagine , the mask of "Freedom,sovereignty and independence " was pull over from the faces of many Lebanese personalities and I saw their faces which still have got the scares of hate ,prejudice and racism of the Lebanese civil war . Also I won't lie and said that the official Egypt-Saudi reaction didn't surprise , well it surely it surprised me to the limit of anger when the great two leading countries of the Arab world turn their back to Lebanon , but of course I wasn't surprised by the official Jordanian reaction , because I know it from advance it will be with the United States and Israel all the way, already you notice used the word "Official" because the people's reaction was completely different from the official reaction by 180 degrees , this war widened the space between The people and the ruling class from the Altanic ocean to the Persian gulf , People are not in a valley but in galaxy and the ruling class in another galaxy. You know Lebanese NewTV Channel used to air a promo attacking the Egyptian and Saudi official reactions using Magda Roumi's song "Saka'at El-Kan'a" as a background song !! It was so suitable

Anyway back to Lebanon and Lebanese political arena

The war exposed the real faces of those pretend to care for Lebanon and all they care is their personal agendas , I won't go much in introductions I already started discussing the reaction of specific groups in Lebanon like the 14th of March coalition

But here I will speak about specific person I said that I write about him a whole Post

I will speak about Mr. Walid Bek Jumblatt

"Bek" is a title that is traced back to the Turkish roots , it is said for men to respect as "Sir" and "Lord" , in fact in old days these titles where given by Ruler himself to the members of his entourage ,whether ,the Turkish Sultan in Istanbul or the Egyptian kings in Cairo , of course this official titling thing was finished was the end of the two era the ottoman rule in Turkey and the monarchy of Egypt

But the title is still used from the respect point especially when the person comes or descends from very famous powerful family that has some roots in leadership and is still having some kind of influence in our modern days just like the Gomblat family

One of the two controlling families in Druz religious sect in Lebanon, Arsalan and Jumblatt , two big families just like the "Montague" and "Capulet" in Romeo and Juliet of course without the existence of the two lovers , the influence of Jumblatt and Arsalan families comes from the fact that both families are living or or in other words controlling the Chouf Mountain , which is in the Mount of Lebanon governorate , I once read this mountain has some sacred symbol to the Druz believers that they pilgrim to it ,instead of Holy Land in Saudi Arabia . Both families really had a great role in modern Lebanon , Prince Shakib Arsalan ,one of the founders of modern Lebanon was from the Arsalan in fact until now the members of the Arsalan family held the title prince, by the way their leader now is Prince Talal Arsalan who was an ex-minister , also a great alley to Syria and an old enemy to Walid Jumblatt By the way before two weeks of the Lebanese war ,there had been some armed clashes between both families supporters

Yet Jumblatts are not that easy , they got their rule especially with their leader Kamal ,the father of Walid Jumblatt , Kamal Jumblatt was the founder of the Lebanese progressive Socialist party in the mid 20th century that adopts the Socialist communist principles with the ideas of the Arab nationalist union that president Nasser was calling for in that time. Kamal was an alley to Egypt and Syria and of course the soviet Union , he was also a famous philosopher and poet . He was killed in the mid of 1970s by the orders of the Syrian secret service under the control of Rifaat Al-assad

Yet this assassination strangely didn't affect the relations between the Syrian regime and Walid Jumblatt in fact the relation reached to its topest level of alliance in the time of the civil war in Lebanon , when the militia of Walid Jumblatt was fighting against the militia of Phalanges that was presenting the Christian Maronites of Lebanon under the leadership of Bacheer Gemayel, as you know Gemayel was an alley to Israel and was the man who made the massacre of Sabre and Shatilla in Lebanon with the IDF cooperation , he was also the brother of Amine Gemayel , the ex-president of Lebanon, in this war ,as you know or may be you don't know what both sides did I will tell you that both did war crimes against humans in Lebanon that give both Bacheer and Walid ,the title of War criminals

Mr Walid Jumblatt who suddenly began to fight Syria and considered it the real enemy of Lebanon not Israel and suddenly remember who the real murderers of his own father after two or even three decades of alliance,used to take weaponry especially missiles of the Syrian Army itself and use it against the Christian Maronites populations in Mount of Lebanon area to force them to evacuate the mount and brought instead of Druz population and thus he changed the demographics of the area in a bloody way

Now Walid Bek forgot all the bloody past and washed his hands from the innocent blood and is standing against the Syrian interfere in his country policy forgetting that because of leaders of his kinds Syria wouldn't interfere in the first place , in fact it is strange when I found the old communist who used to be backed up from the Soviet union itself welcoming Condeleeza Rice warmly eating with her and considering the American administration is a friend!! So strange , so strange because the Syrian Army didn't enter Lebanon except by the request "Some like to call it orders" of the United States administration at that time !! So strange when Amine Gemayel and he stand together smiling with all this long past of hate between them !!!

Walid is known for his changing opinions from one week to another and I guess for this post you can understand how far he can goes

In the problem of Lebanon is in its leaders since the 1950s and Kameel Shamon's alliance with the United States and all the forces in the World whether American or French or Russian or Arabic has allies in Lebanon who don't act according to what they believe good for Lebanon's national interests but to their own personal agenda and interests. Walid Jumblatt and Amine Gemayel are the reason why Syria and United States both interfere in the first place

In the last Lebanese War , Jumblatt true face appeared , the slogans of unity .....etc were all consumed ,more than lies , instead of blaming Hezbollah,Syria and Iran ,Jumblatt should have supported the resistance and instead of asking "To whom Nasrallah is going to dedicate this victory?" ,He should have adopted this victory at least that what his father was going to do , his father was always with the Arabic agenda and stood with the Palestinians , I wonder why the Druze leader Walid Bek didn't work for the release of Samir Kantar from the Israeli prisons and he is a Druze believer and a communist too !! Walid Bek says he believes in the Nassirism whether I like or not but what he is doing contridicts the Nassirism teachings !!

And that's why I believe Lebanon won't be "Free,Independent and Master of his own well" except by the vanish of this political class that includes Jumblatt , Gemayel ,Gaga'a and others because they are polluted with lies ,prejudice and blood

p.s this is the first post I use in it this great number for external links from Wikipedia

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  1. Very informative. It's really nice to have an Encyclopedia such as wikipedia at the tips of your fingers.

  2. Sure Tarek Wikipedia is just a great thing

  3. @Hani , it is great to have you back here in Blog ,and it is glad to here from another camp, you know since last month I met all kinds of people except your camp , even Israelis came and we had great discussion
    of course I want to comment different parts of your comment
    but first I want to say something ,your party are speaking in the terms that'Hezbollah brought war over Lebanon with his foolish movements to the end of this talk' let's speak ,or let's think outside the box , do you believe that for Two soldiers only Israel did what it did?? even Hassan Nasrallah himself said from two days if I knew the consequnences of this war I would have given the orders. Even the westerns believed that this was a pre-made Scanerio by Israel and the U.S , and all they wanted was an excuse .
    I wrote this before in a whole post but I remind you quickly Hezbollah had an agreement with the current cabinet and also other parties in the Lebanese National conversation to handle the P.O.W file , I am sorry how those people thought it would be handled !!?? it was known for the whole world that the only way by Hezbollah was kidnapping the soldiers and exchanging them , about the disarming of the Lebanese army
    with my all respect did Hezbollah ever use it against anyother Lebanese group ?? no it was all used against the IDF
    Now those are only remarks I wanted to start with
    Now to Walid Jomblat , You came before to my blog i believe and I think you read the post concerning El-Hariri , I was always with lebanon and its independence and I am still against Al-Assad regime "already wrote an interesting post about dangerous revelation by El-Sadaat 's personal doctor"
    But Truth is truth and Priotries come first and the Nation dignity comes in the first place
    when Israel was killing on a daily basis children and women , destroying houses and infra structure and this party was having lunch with Condaleeza Rice in the American Embassy smiling in front of her in a disgusting way especially Walid Bek eating Bread and salt as we say in Egypt ,while people were dying in the south
    Don't tell about politics and changing views and stands because there are some limits not to be crossed at all
    I am not a romantic nationalist dreamer who lives in the old age but I am just wondering is it because the people who died were Shiites and from the south !!
    May be because I am an Egyptian and the real Egyptians ,who love their country know that in time of wars they must forget their difference , Walid Bek can be considered as traitor in my country if he were an Egyptian , you know Egyptians disrespected the leader of the Orabi revolution ,Ahmed Orabi himself and Mutafa Basha Kamal attacked him ,because the old man asked the British forces to return back to Egypt to die in it after decades in Exile , sorry you may not understand this value in Egypt
    Al-Assad is an asshole yes ,an enemy to you ,may be , but he is not the danger to your counry ,in fact you are the danger , you will be the crossing of the Americans and Israelis to Syria and from it to Egypt , donoi laught and think of me as some kind of a crazy paraniod person , this plan of destorying the Arab world and have this new middle east
    do you want this Middle East ?
    Walid Bek and Maroon Hamada's statement were used in the Security council by the Israeli envoy to cover their crimes and attack Syria
    Do you think that Kamal Bek now happy in his grave that Israelis consider his son a supporter to them??

    about Kantar , there are two versions one of the Arab side and the other is Israeli side , I read them and to say the truth I can't say which one is true

    why your Party wants to live in a weak Peace , Israel is a giant not to be waken up why ?
    Is this the sort of Peace yu want ??
    Israel wants El-Latani river and it wanted since 1948

    I will not answer on the part concerning we fight alone ,you left us to the last of this talk because we have some voices in Egypt that say the opposite why do you care for them

    Do n't be the crossing of Israel to Syria because the security of Egypt starts from Tartus , this is a quote said by Ramses III

  4. SUNDAY/The 13th of APRIL 1975-LEBANON?!This is a date any Lebanon LOVER tries to FORGET?! or as we Lebanese say TIN-ZIKER WA MA TIN-AAD/or > BE REMEMBERED BUT NEVER..REPEATED!before that Sunday i never believed in all that Mambo-Jumbo about No.13,and how unlucky it is for some?saying ,Its all in the mind,it was for Lebanon<- VERY VERY UNLUCKY DAY+DATE that the Lebanon of Harmony/dreams/joys/freedom..all such reputations it had before then,sunk down the drains..a sweet dream that interrupted by a SUDDEN intruding Nightmare THAT LASTED for 15 long years,and still the aftermath-shocks..vibrate,even after 42 long years,without a WINNER so far,all whom participated in this MASQUERADE ,or as i call it The CARNIVAL of The Militias..just demolished buildings/homes+shops+markets..and killed 100.00 or over Innocents and some fighters..yes the numbers of ordinary/peace loving Lebanese paid the HIGH price MOST in all this Game Of Nations!!..Fighters were cowardly sheltered in HOTEL-buildings/Tanks/Behind sandbags..sniping and shooting any moving thing in their sights..even children/women/old men & women..without remorse or distinction,all employed by one BIG-BOSS called >THE GRIM REAPERLebanon's FIRE for 15 years ,were first who fled the ailing country..with their families and bank-accounts ,some to neighbouring countries and others heading the West,+America,leaving behind a shattered nation,where once they made their wealth through the sweat+blood+tears of THE GOOD PEACE LOVING + HARD WORKING..LEBANESE OF ALL CREEDS+AGES+BACKGROUNDS!Even those whom considered Winners were in fact GREAT LOSERS of this all??but the REAL VICTIM WAS>>>>L..E..B..A..N..O..N/and every decent..LEBANESE!! may GOD BLESS LEBANON AND ALL THE ARAB NATIONS WITH PEACE & HARMONY AMONG ALL ITS PEOPLE/ with regards /from London/Mr.NostalgiA Is-Hak Barsoumian./ ( p/s: 13 April 1975 is one date i don't feel Nostalgic about..but AS a STAIN of shame on all whom plotted the demise of LEBANON...,but it SURVIVED & STILL ALIVE & KICKING ->TO THIS DAY..THANK GOD?!)


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