A world designed in our absence?

The fate of the Arab world is no longer clear amid the dreams of the Ottoman and Persian empires, and the takfiris’ delusions of an Islamic state which destroys all multicultural Arab diversity.

Perhaps the Sykes-Picot agreement’s effect has ended and the world now needs a new map that serves its interests. Without this conspiratorial idea, it’s not possible to understand the developments in our world.

As terrorists destroy all aspects of civilization and destroy museums, forts, churches, temples and shrines, and as they displace those who don’t support them while the international community watches, we realize that Israel is the major beneficiary.

The era of powerful men in Lebanon has ended, and we must admit that we’ve become mere chess pieces

Meanwhile, the U.S. overlooks all the accusations and sanctions it imposed on Iran and negotiates with the latter over its nuclear program - and of course over more than that, i.e. on dividing shares and interests.

Reviving Arab glory

Yesterday, some Arab countries reaffirmed that they should be present in all negotiations and agreements, and in redistributing roles and drawing maps. We hope these countries can revive Arab glory and confirm their efficient role in nuclear, oil and economic global policies as well as their role in maintaining the human heritage this region embraces - such as the holy lands in more than one Arab country and the cultural sites of the different civilizations that lived in the region throughout history.

This year, the Armenians and Syriac people commemorate the 100th anniversary of the massacres committed against them by the Ottomans, where more than one million people were killed.

These 100 years have not succeeded in restoring the moral and financial rights of the children of the victims, while European countries have never delayed when compensating Jews whom Nazism exhausted.

With all that is happening, there is also our miserable Lebanese reality where many are dominated by personal interests and selfishness. Those who do that raise glamorous slogans, but they don’t make any decisions and don’t carry out any courageous measures to save what is left, or at least contain the situation which is shaken by several challenges.

We will not demand our officials sit at the tables of major powers’ when negotiating and redrawing maps and redistributing roles. The era of powerful men in Lebanon has ended, and we must admit that we’ve become mere chess pieces. Loud voices, speeches addressing the public, popular mobilization and huge advertising campaigns cannot convince us of another reality.

This article was first published in An-Nahar on March 30, 2015.

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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