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Op-ed: What Is Happening in Lebanon?


Tue 22 Sep 2020 | 03:24 PM
Nawal Sayed

A few days ago, the two-week deadline given by the French President's initiative to Lebanon's politicians ended that aimed to form a new government to replace the caretaker government led by Hassan Diab, which resigned under street pressure following the Beirut Port explosion.

The consultations were complicated by Hezbollah's adherence to the financial portfolio and the designation of representatives of the Shiite duo (Hezbollah and Amal Movement) in the government, while other political forces, including the Future Movement and the Lebanese Forces Party, wanted to rotate the ministerial portfolios.

[caption id="attachment_146555" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Lebanon Macron arrives to Beirut French President Emmanuel Macron visiting Beirut[/caption]

If we wrote about the paradoxes, contradictions, and developments in this country, we would have needed to write thousands of pages, all of them foretelling of woe, oppression, and the greatness of matters.

There are uncovered and hidden matters. There are decisive and hesitant matters, which leave everyone in a veil of contradictions in their statements.

If it is correct for me to summarize the reason behind the burial of the French initiative in the port of Beirut, it can be said that it entered into the Lebanese political and sectarian quota system auction, and the conditions and counter-conditions. Hence, here is a great catastrophe and calamity.

Unfortunately, the followers of sects abound in Lebanon, and they undermine every attempt to build a new political awareness in the political sphere. Without this awareness, nothing can be achieved. Without effective applications of this awareness in the public-political sphere, the state will remain in the absence of the unknown and in successive cycles of chaos, the unknown, and the insecurity.

[caption id="attachment_148819" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Lebanon Beirut Beirut explosion- File photo[/caption]

Bringing the state out of the bottleneck of what I call the denial of the responsibilities of citizenship and coexistence is a historical responsibility. This requires an actual effort, not just announcing intentions or thoughts, or installing resonant methods, or meetings dyed with the scent of missionaries from other countries.

You will find that among the real reasons for what happened in Lebanon today are the absence of good governance, the absence of realism in management, the absence of efficient frameworks, or its presence in places far from the positions that should be attained, and the proliferation of favoritism, bribery and direct investments in wrong directions that affect annual budgets without achieving benefits for citizens.

Let's make a comparison to Lebanon's situation:

Japan is a country with a limited area, but it represents the second economy in the world. Every house in the world includes at least one Japanese machine, computer, or phone. Japan is a large factory based on good management and on the visionary strategy in the field of advanced industries and realistic investments. It imports all raw materials to produce manufactured materials that they export to all countries of the world.

If we take a European country as an example, let’s compare Lebanon to Switzerland. Although it is not cultivated with cocoa, it produces and exports the best chocolate in the world. Thanks to its geographical nature and despite its narrow agricultural area, it produces the most important milk products in the world. 

Lebanon is full of qualified people. They are found finds them in the countries of the world with great responsibilities and in various industrial, financial, and economic positions.

Throughout my studies, teaching, and various activities in Europe, I came out through my contact with my Lebanese brothers that they have extraordinary intelligence and the ability to produce and adapt to every reality. 

Each Lebanese is important. If you know a Lebanese who does know how to swim, and you throw him into the water, he will learn how to swim and even will catch a fish. 

In other words, if fate allowed them to return to Lebanon and mixed with the competencies of the inside in a new political atmosphere, they would have made a miracle in their country. They can make a new "public affair" that would be in the service of the Lebanese.

Talking about Lebanon's public affairs means delving into peoples’ living, including income, work, medicine, teaching, representation in councils elected to defend their interests, and so on,

Thus, the most qualified wins to bear the trust and responsibility of management. The competent, honest and expert are necessary characteristics of those who wish to manage public affairs. 

Likewise, politics must be based on principles, and that the actors in its field are loyal to only one thing: the mother state, then the mother state, and then the mother state, instead of sectarian mobilization operations, igniting the fuel of fragmentation and rejection of the other for political goals and to make political leaders and to achieve agendas.