الأربعاء، 22 أبريل، 2009

A War also on the Lebanese Identity & the Mediterranean

Written on April the 5th,2008
On July the 13th, Israel launched a Retaliation war on Lebanon, a war that is to be remembered as the most destructive in the Modern Lebanese History.
It was indeed a War of thirty three Days that destroyed most Lebanese infrastructure, affected the Ecosystem & degraded some aspects of human Life dignity.
However, despite all this it did not achieve its declared main purpose; that is to eradicate HIZBULLAH Guerilla from the South but instead strengthened further this militia position in its camp. As this first phase of the July war came to an end, we began assessing its damages on human made structures as well as on the sustainability of some natural resources.
While gazing in the Lebanon in this post war period, one can not imagine why man hatred is this much directed toward what is considered the weakest points of the ecosystem. If men are quarrelling among themselves for power, dignity & ownership of land then why target the ecosystem & pollute the Sea, the forests...
The horrifying July War did not spare the air & the soil as well. As if its purpose was to pollute Lebanon & to add degradation of the nature to its already existent political plague.
As a direct result of the War, It is obvious that Israel got out with less moral might. However, it got instead compensation, which is permanent visa to continuously visit the Lebanese waters & air. Furthermore, the Hebrew State achieved its revenge against the country of the Cedar Revolution, it seems. It made sure that this little place of fragile freedom & Democracy in the Middle East will not be able to recover from this post crisis easily.
On the other hand, its counterpart, the Lebanese guerilla, that survived the attack still holds a permit to invest the ground & what is under it (the underground), by one condition, that its leader plays the game properly, as he always did!!!
It seems that the main outcome of the July War is a change in the gender identity of the Lebanon, a shift from the dreamt of "Lebanese Monaco" of the Middle East to already made "Hanoi" of the Mediterranean Basin.
I am afraid that one day; we may wake up & find ourselves in a different country. The Lebanon of Nowadays is getting into a chaos phase of no definite political & economic gender identity. Thus big parts of the Lebanese people would find themselves urged to look into the mirror every day to make sure that their faces are still the same. Then, they have to look by the windows to the country panoramic view to confirm that their Lebanon is still the same.
Even the Mediterranean Sea changed its blue color following this war with the seepage of some 15000 tons of heavy fuel into the Sea.
I do not know whether the Marine South-North westerly oriented winds, which drove the patches of fuel oil along the Lebanese Coasts till the Syrian Waters & turkey, will pursue its direction. Or will it change its direction as expected & be North-South easterly oriented to pollute what remains from the Lebanese Coastal Lines. So that every contact with modernism will come to an end!!!
I am afraid that Lebanon changed & the Mediterranean stopped to be the Sea of seas in this era of the beast.
We got fears from the incoming beast whose address is in here & whose name is “the clashes of civilization theory”. A beast that is deepening the distances & poisoning our little dreams…
Finally, we are afraid that one Day we weak up & see the world also, with depleted seas, depleted water & polluted air, a world without animals & vegetations. Then by that time money, land, fuel & power will be Useless!

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