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No one is safe in Lebanon

Lebanon is currently confronting the threat of bloody violence

Nayla Tueni

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Neither Lebanon’s southern city of Sidon nor any other Lebanese city needs to present a clean criminal record. No Lebanese religious sect or area need exonerate itself. Everyone is equal at performing patriotic work and at offering up martyrs. They’re perhaps also equal when it comes to conspiring against the country. That’s no surprise because collaboration is not only carried out in favor of Israel or America. It can also be carried out in favor of Syria, Iran and other countries. Any service performed for another county at the expense of national will is conspiring against one’s country.

The worst aspects of such an act are based on the alteration of Lebanon’s cultural diversity. There are daily practices aiming to achieve this end. For example, some Lebanese groups are “forced” to sell their land and some of their possessions are being confiscated in a de facto manner or based on weak security excuses that ignore private property laws.

Lebanon is currently confronting the threat of bloody violence

Nayla Tueni

There’s no need to bring up such shaky issues today as what’s more important is fortifying Lebanon against the wave of violence striking the entire region. Who can guarantee that this wave will not expand with Israel’s objection of the nuclear agreement reached with Iran? Israel has often resorted to war to alter the status quo. Perhaps we add a new war to the list of violence - a war with intolerable repercussions as no friendly country will rebuild Lebanon as happened in 2006 or before.

Lebanon is currently confronting the threat of bloody violence. Suicide bombings - carried out by Lebanese people in particular - may be adopted as a modus operandi. This would mean that we have entered a new phase of fighting. That is, Sunni-Shiite fighting spurred on by political slogans. No one can escape the repercussions of this fighting as Lebanon’s area is small and interaction among its sons is daily.

In brief, no one can escape the repercussions of terrorist operations. The entire country will be lost if it continues down this path towards the abyss.

Perhaps there’s still a chance to save it. But, does anyone intend to save it? Is anyone able?

This article was first published in al-Nahar on Nov. 26, 2013.

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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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