Lebanon’s people are defiant in the face of struggle
Even if others are backed by power, money and arms, Lebanese society is stronger than them and is defiant in the face of forced change
We will not write history in Lebanon because we disagree over both the present and the past. We will thus continue to disagree over the future and will not establish a unified country as it is not just about the land, but its people, history, the people’s aspirations and their vision for the nation. Sharp divisions don’t build a country. This division hasn’t come from nowhere as it is the production of some parties who aim to alter the country’s image and who seek to establish a new Lebanon that maintains the façade of democracy but is void from within.
This is what some parties have been working toward for a while now and this requires resistance of a new kind. Other parties work on establishing new demographic parameters covering different geographic areas. Other parties want to deny the past of the Lebanese resistance, which actually taught others the meaning of resistance. They even want to erase the National Resistance Front, which launched its work with the Communist and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party.
Some do not want to recognize the presidency of Bashir Gemayel and seek to erase it from history. Certain parties want to write history as per their mood and seek to monopolize patriotism and the defense of the country. Some want to categorize certain figures as martyrs but want to consider the death of Rafiq Hariri, Gebran Tueni, Samir Kassir, Pierre Gemayel, Wissam al-Hassan and others as below martyrdom. Bashir Gemayel resisted the Syrian aggression against Ashrafieh, Zahle and other Lebanese areas. He then rejected submitting to Israel after he was elected president as he wanted to elevate the status of the presidency and be the president of the entire Lebanese people. He paid with his life for his patriotic ideals after his rivals and friends alike conspired against him.
Even if others are backed by power, money and arms, Lebanese society is stronger than them and is defiant in the face changeNayla Tueni
They wanted to alter the path of Lebanon’s history by killing Gemayel and others. Historians in Lebanon desire to impose their perspectives when they’re unaware of the reality Lebanon is facing. They are thus deepening divisions and paving the way toward new wars. Even if others are backed by power, money and arms, Lebanese society is stronger than them and is defiant in the face change. Our memory is also defiant, despite attempts to eradicate it. Our faith in this country and our loyalty to it is defiant in the face of all attempts at subjugation.
This article was first published in al-Nahar on September 15, 2014.
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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