Archive for December 6th, 2010

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Dec
10

Lebanon Burning


13% of Lebanon green spaces are left.

13% but we have an International Tribunal.

13% but we have police officers in nicely colored patrol cars racing on the city streets and scaring citizens.

13% but we have a government, where ministers blame each other over their own ministry’s related responsibilities but… we have a government.

13% but intentional arson still gets away with it.

13% but equipping a useless police force with fancy four-wheel drive model of the year cars is more important than equipping the civil defense and firefighters.

13% but deputies and ministers still get paid all their benefits and keep an escort after they leave public service or even die.

13% is left and we’re still arguing over whether Canadairs should be purchased or not.

13% left and it takes days to get helicopters to come to help.

And I claim not to be a patriot… while all our patriots are running the country.

We are what we have always been, a bunch of neanderthals who do not have a micron of esteem for anything that does not carry a brand tag. Maybe Armani, Dolce & Gabbana should start planting trees and brand them… Maybe then, we would protect them.

We are not citizens, we are not Lebanese, we are not a population, we’re not a nation. We are simply packs of territorial wolves who instinctively and oh so awkwardly try to protect our immediate surrounding, pissing around to delimit our territory. Anything outside it is none of our business.

I have news for you, ministers visiting the devastated areas “will not” extinguish the fire! They will only gather popularity and good air time on TV.

Public figures complaining in the media about the lack of equipment are getting it all wrong: It is US who should be complaining. You, should be busy solving the problem.

I guess, our farsighted government foresaw the rain on Monday; they have vision.

Unfortunately, we are not as farsighted as you, but at least we’re “shortsighted” enough to see what is going on here and now. While you “try” to use your brain and end up overheating it, we use our heart and weep it dry at the sight of dying pinewoods.

For God sake, take the dark-tinted shades of your cars windows and look around you. Our 13% are also “your” 13%, and I promise you, no International Tribunal, no fancy patrol cars, no blame-throwing will ever bring it back.

If you love playing dictators, fine; but at least and for your own sake, help keeping us, your subjects, here to “rule” us, otherwise the whole country will become exactly like your brain cavity, just an empty desert.

We have burned to ashes 87% of our trees, some of which are only found in Lebanon. If we can’t save a tree, how can we save a human life?

©2010 Ibrahim Lahoud

 

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