The Sayyed spoke yesterday. Wednesday, February 16, 2011. I was at home, in my room, busy doing other things. I did not listen to his speech, but my parents were in the living room with the TV on, and I heard the throaty tone of his voice, without really catching the words.
I believe I was not alone in this situation.
I believe many other Lebanese now do their own things, mind their own business, while the Sayyed is speaking.
Because most of the speaking today is vain.
Back in the days, when the Sayyed held a speech, we all held our breath. The whole people in the country would stop their activities, sit down on the couch in front on their television and listen to the Sayyed speaking. The next day, the talk of the town would be the Sayyed’s speech.
Today (and I would say since a whole year now), the Sayyed is boring.
Today, the Sayyed speaks in platitudes.
Today, the Sayyed is redundant. His words rapidly reach an impasse. His speech highly tautological.
Today, the Sayyed has lost his charisma.
Today, the Sayyed is banal. He’s lost his originality.
I call this the “discourse inflation“: when the same amount of words means less than before; when it takes more and more speeches to maintain the same value of meaning.
Years earlier, the Sayyed’s speeches were rare. They were long-awaited. Today, they’re ordinary.
That’s the sign of decline.
… But history is not a matter of days. How long will we have to wait in order to see, with our own eyes, the fall of Hizbullah?
Lebanon could not defeat Nasserism. It ended when Nasser died. And so will Lebanon never be able to defeat Khomeinism, until the regime itself collapses in Iran.
History is not a matter of days, but one day can change the whole history.
Take a look at my “Cute Pictures of Citizen Hassan Nasrallah” (published on October 8, 2010) 😉