Monday, September 14, 2009 at 11:30pm
There is one ugly truth about Lebanon. What the ones love the others hate. Take Bashir Gemayel for instance. On September 14th, you will see huge Christian celebrations of remembrance and reckoning; masses, prayers, songs, speeches, mourning, tears, love. Is there a Lebanese Christian who does not like BG? Forget about the dissidents and the former left-wing Christians (where are they now by the way?). Of course, it is not always politically correct to say it out loud, especially in inter-sectarian “political” dialogue. Is there a Lebanese Christian who does not, secretly, intimately, covertly, publicly, openly, frankly, love BG; who is not even tempted to like him?
Bashir is a hero. Bashir is a saviour.
On September 14th, what do Lebanese Muslims feel? They might feel frustrated that the greatest Zionist agent of all times is still acclaimed by so many people. Muslims hate Bashir Gemayel. And why would they like him? He did not believe in Arabism (or Arabness, or whatever the Arabs like to say about their being Arab). He fought against their allies, he killed their men, he ridiculed their ideology. He made a pact with the devil. Is there a single reason a Muslim would consider liking BG?
Bashir is a vile, loathsome collaborator with Israel. That is the truth, and that is a fact. Bashir is a traitor, the ultimate traitor.
Truth is whether black or white. Truth is: Do you believe in God? Yes or no. Truth is: Do you love me? Yes or no. Shades of meaning are a rationalized, conscious, self-determined, pondered opinions expressed in pedantic and lengthy ways. Shades of meaning are what you want people to think that you think. But truth is black or white.
Christians love BG, Muslims hate BG. This is the ugly Lebanese truth. An imbroglio of politicized sectarian factions which hate each other cordially, subtly, and always with an outstanding sense of diplomacy.
In the meanwhile, keep suffering, cursing, walking away, complaining, praying, partying, arguing.
Keep eating, drinking and going out. Keep hating and loving the same masters. Keep voting for the same people. A government is always the reflection of its society and the Lebanese definitely deserve their tragedy.
Post Scriptum: It’s funny. Christians commemorate September 14th, Muslims commemorate September 16th-18th. If the Lebanese were asked to discuss historical events, they would resume declaring wars on each other.