The March 8 Alliance and looking with one eye

The Lebanese March 8 Alliance started celebrating the US-Russian “agreement” assuming that the end of the Syrian crisis is imminent. They responded as if the agreement has already been reached and the crisis has come to an end.

We do wish that the Syrian war ends as the Syrian people are suffering on a daily basis and scores of them are getting killed by barrel bombs which the Syrian regime continues to shell them with.

Solutions to crises are often reached by foreign powers. These solutions are rather agreements that suit the interests of countries, which have fought on our land for 15 years. We are aware that halting of gunfire does not mean that the war has ended and that things have gotten back to normal or that there is security and institutions have gone back to performing their roles.

The situation doesn’t become normal as long as some parties continue to send militants inside Syria in connivance with the regime and take the opportunity to control its resources. This is similar to what happened in Lebanon under the Syrian occupation after the end of the civil war.

Halting of gunfire does not mean that the war has ended and that things have gotten back to normal or that there is security and institutions have gone back to performing their roles

Nayla Tueni

Regime’s apologists

Those defending the Syrian regime and bragging about confronting attempts to dominate ignore last week’s development in the case of the 2013 mosque bombings in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli. Two Syrian intelligence officers were indicted for involvement in the criminal attack and the murder of citizens.

It’s absurd how those who defend the Syrian regime call for holding the perpetrators accountable but do not condemn the regime that pushes them to commit these crimes. The two officers are not isolated from their superiors. March 8 leaders’ condemnation of just the perpetrators tantamount to concealing the real truth and suggests an implicit collusion.

Condemning is thus limited to repeating the same statements to avoid public reprimand and to serve electoral purposes. This is not national responsibility as truth must be clearly seen; otherwise it’s not the truth. Looking with one eye resembles the ostrich burying its head in the sand as the threat still exists. In our case, the truth is as clear as the sun.

This article was first published in an-Nahar on Sept. 05, 2016.
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Nayla Tueni is one of the few elected female politicians in Lebanon and of the two youngest. She became a member of parliament in 2009 and following the assassination of her father, Gebran, she is currently a member of the board and Deputy General Manager of Lebanon’s leading daily, Annahar. Prior to her political career, Nayla had trained, written in and managed various sections of Annahar, where she currently has a regular column. She can be followed on Twitter @NaylaTueni
 

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