Lebanese Parliament’s Decision Is Shameful

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The Lebanese parliament’s decision to extend its own term is a shameful act that delegitimizes notions of national unity and democracy.

For months, the members of the Lebanese political class have been taking turns insulting the voters, who are supposed to be the new-old Parliament’s source of legitimacy. The political class manipulates the laws, empties them of their contents, then turns them into a tool to discriminate among the citizens on the basis of sect, under the banner of seeking to implement “democracy,” which is certainly suitable to the “Lebanese people who have always sought freedom.”

The political class is divided into two groups. Those two groups pick the referee then go to the “sectarian democracy” playing field. They pass laws intended to deprive the citizens of their most basic rights. They rouse the citizens’ sectarian feelings. They destroy what remains of the citizens’ pillars of unity and common interests. The Lebanese are no longer just Christians and Muslims. The law “democratically” segregates them into Maronites, Orthodox, Catholics, Armenians, Sunnis, Shiites, Druze, Alawites, etc.

The religious men also participate in the game under the pretext that they are the protectors of the sectarian democracy. The debate about the right of each sect to directly choose its deputies has reached fever pitch. They consider any disagreement on that matter an assault on a community’s dignity. The people are herds of sheep and for each herd its own leadership and any discussion about democracy is deemed a threat to national unity.

Every day, [the notion of] national unity is being emptied of its meaning. National unity has come to be seen as a threat to sectarian rights.

Citizens who left their sects — politically speaking — are seen as outsiders who should be stoned until they return into the arms of their sectarian authority in order to promote the sect’s interest and dignity, both of which are dearer than the homeland’s unity and people.

So Lebanon, despite its small size and few citizens, is unable to be a “homeland” for many peoples.

The political class, which controls the citizens’ fate, jobs and livelihood, can at any time ignite the flames of civil war among these “peoples,” which are always ready to fight in defense of their alleged sacred rights.

What is new is that this political class is now using their people’s fears about the repercussions of the bloody events in the region, primarily in Syria, to extend the Parliament’s term under the pretext that the democracy that you know is better than the democracy that you don’t know.

The political class has interfered in the army, turned it into a buffer between the sects in some cities and questions its patriotism and its strenuous efforts to reach a cease-fire between the sects. For that, the army has paid a heavy price in the form of loss of prestige, loss of dignity, and loss of lives.

Congratulations: The political class’s “democracy” has succeeded in postponing the elections and struck a blow to the nation’s unity. The political class’s symbols have kept their titles as “deputies” until further notice. They succeeded in raising their salaries, perks, number of bodyguards and number of duty-free cars.

Long live the political class. To hell with Lebanon and democracy. And good riddance!

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