We recently witness tempers flaring as the Tayyar movement took to the streets because they felt disenfranchised in the distribution of power in Lebanon. This sentiment is understandable in light of the inertia affecting every decision in the country, and the cause is noble. However, the deeper implication of such a unilateral summons to revolt is the fear that any such escalation in these treacherous times of smoldering regional ashes can serve two dangerous purposes:
Firstly: to radicalize the confessional discourse exacerbating latent tensions between the Christians and the Sunnis to a point of no return, and secondly to provide the opportunity for terrorists with agendas to carry out attacks against innocent demonstrators, in order to plunge Lebanon once again into a terrible cycle of revenge and violence.
Last weeks events attempted to make the issue about safeguarding the interests of the Christians, but because of the lack of participation by every other Christian faction in the nation this was not the result, If anything, it highlighted the weakness of the community’s cohesion, regardless of any recently signed accord between long term enemies.
Aside from these considerations, there are indeed several major matters that need to be resolved, including foremost, the matters of the election of a president and the constitutional nomination of a Chief of the Army. These priorities must be set right to balance the power sharing mechanisms as soon as possible in light of the deteriorating security and economic situations. However, at this juncture, jeopardizing the government, which is the only functioning executive body in the land, is not worth the risk, hence the disengagement of the General’s allies from all sides in participating in his demonstration.
The fact is that Politics cannot be practiced for personal agendas and the election of a president is the only way to bring an effective and lasting end to the government crisis. Equally any attempt to amend the by-laws of government procedure at this point is only further tampering with the safeguards of the nation’s power structure. By electing a President the rights of the Christian community as a whole are preserved and the nation is once again validated.
A problem cannot be solved by the same methodology that created it, starting with the initial collusion of all those involved in the violation of the basic principle of democracy when they self-extended their own parliamentary mandates. As a matter of fact, that would certainly have been a time to send everyone onto the streets to fight for Democracy. Where was everyone then?