Why you can’t split Lebanon

Good point on Beirut Spring, by Moustafa.

The Saudi king has had enough mediating this deadlock, we understand. But he can’t be a good mediator if  he comes up with a solution that doesn’t respect the reality of things.  Lebanon is mixed, it’s a mozaic. It just cannot be a federation. Forsake the Swiss model, things are different here. Ask any political scientist, he’ll tell you that.

My point is: why have a mediator like Saudi Arabia, if the mediator doesn’t know what he mediates exactly. It’s a political conflict, it’s a political deadlock that we’re dealing with, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. This has deep roots, hidden wounds that were never healed, that nobody is willing to expose  and clean.

What bothers me with the political scene in Beirut? It’s the ostrich attitude, burrying your head in the sand and pretend that if you don’t see it, the danger is not there.

Lebanon is sectarian. It has the religious cantons, no matter what anybody might say. But if you say it outloud they will lynch you. “Lebanon is for everybody. We are Lebanese, we have the right to live anywhere,” some hezbollah supporter told me when I wrote a story (pure observation) of an Ashura procession in Jdeideh. I was told I encourage sectarianism. No, I was just observing was was going on. If it’s there, I can’t ignore it as a journalist.

But I have a question for these people:  when you close the road to the airport, isn’t that sectarian? Isn’t that making a statement that it’s your territory and it’s in your power to do that?

What if the Christians in Jdeideh would close the road to Sagesse highschool on the last day of Ashura?


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