و ماذا يعني تحرير لبنان من الاحتلال اذا كانت إرادة شعبه مسلوبه بعد التحرير؟!
و ماذا يعني تحرير نهر اذا بات ملوثاً بعد تحريره؟!
و ماذا يعني تحرير جبل اذا صار محرقاً للنفايات بعد تحريره؟!
و ماذا يعني اعادة بناء مربعاً دمره العدو اذا مازال يفتقد الى الخدمات و طريق آمن للمشاة و الأطفال بعد اعادة بنائه؟!
و ماذا يعني تسمية مستشفى باسم شهيد اذا كانت لا تستقبل المرضى بدون دفعات مسبقة؟!
و ماذا يعني تسمية جامعة باسم عالم اذا كانت لا تقوى على إصدار دراسة واحدة معتبرة عالمياً؟!
اذا كانت “مداد العلماء أفضل عند الله من دماء الشهداء”، و كانت “جلسة في طلب العلم خير من سنة في الجهاد”
فقياساً نحن مازلنا تحت احتلال فكري و إرادي.
Most people in Lebanon are living impossible lives. They are held hostage by their circumstances. They would leave if they can.
And then there are the mafia leaders and/or the bourgeois…. with their dreamy mansions on mountain tops, and extravagant cars … they enjoy, carefree, exploiting Lebanon’s lack of legislation and cheap refugee-related mostly-illegal labor.
Then there are the tourists, mostly Lebanese dual citizen tourists who fill the cafes and resorts.
One day, the thieves of Lebanon will be hung in Public arenas. And all their pictures will be taken down and burnt.
In Lebanon, everything is connected to everything. There are no partial solutions. Comprehensive solution or none.
The “Arab Spring” was the beginning and not the end of a continuous shock waves to come to the Arab world.
No nation has less imagined characters than the Arab nations…. a product of haphazard borders drawn by French and Birtish diplomats in 1918 who ignored history, geography, economy, culture, and religion.
For example, South Lebanon (Jabal Amel) and its inhabitants were completely ignored in the Cycas Beacon agreement, and through out the Lebanese national identity up to 1975 when consequentially Civil war broke up, and still going (in the form of cold civil war).
The Islamic imagined identity, or pan-Arabic imagined identity are far stronger than the national one.
That’s why I believe in the inevitable Arabic Unity in the future, once the decadence of the Arab world reaches an implausible and impossible level that result in continuous revolutions.
لا أمانع من وجود قانون يعاقب على ازدراء الأديان، اذا كان مقابله قانون يعاقب على ازدراء العقل.
I don’t mind a law that penalizes the contempt of religions if there was a law at the same time that penalizes the contempt of mind.
Today, there are estimated 80,000 giraffes, 200,000 wolves, 250,000 chimpanzees.
1,500,000,000 cattle, 400,000,000 dogs, and 7,000,000,000 humans.
We have taken over the world.
“Perhaps 65 million years from now, intelligent rats will look back gratefully on the decimation wrought by humankind, just as we today can thank that dinosaur-busting asteroid” Yuval Harari
Peasants lived frugally
Aristocrats lives extravagantly
Poor and middle class live extravagantly on credit card and hyper consumerism.
Rich and Successful Entrepreneurs live frugally on careful budgets and invest.
The US population spends more money on diets that the amount needed to feed all the hungry people in the rest of the world.
Capitalism founded America not vice versa.
Settlements in America in 17th century were established by joint-stock companies such as the London Company, the Plymouth Company, the Dorchester Company, and the Massachusetts Company.
The Mississippi Company, chartered in France, colonized the lower Mississippi valley, establishing New Orleans.
The Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) was chartered in 1602 by the Dutch hires mercenaries and colonized Indonesia for 200 years.
The Dutch West Indies Company (WIC) controlled trade through the Hudson’s and built settlement New Amsterdam in the river’s mouth which is lower Manhattan today. The wall they belt to protect the settlement from British and Native Indian attacks is what we know as Wall Street today.
British East India Company (BEIC) conquered India.
That’s why Napoleon used to make fun of the British Empire calling it (a bunch of shopkeepers).
Nationalization happened late in the game.
The world as we know it today was established and drawn mostly by unchecked corporate greed.