Friday, June 09, 2006

Genuine National Unity

There is only one place in Lebanon where people are truly united. Every single person there no matter their sectarian allegiance feels exactly the same as all the other people around. Abu Elie stands teary-eyed right next to a veiled Imm Hussein. They look in the same direction looking for the same thing. They’ve been waiting for this moment, for who knows how long, two, five, maybe twenty years. The last things on their minds are all the divisive slogans, the color differentiations, and the God-complexed demagogues.

This place is the Arrivals Area at the Beirut International Airport. Everyone in Lebanon stands there at some point in time. Now if we can only bring the Lebanese there all at the same time. What would happen? Would the Lebanese people see that problems that plague Lebanon affect everyone and do not discriminate between the sects?

Doubtful.

8 comments:

Kata said...

Maybe with be2lewa, flowers and balloons they might!

linalone said...

Yes Doubtful, especially if religion interfers, like during the Pelerinage Season (7ajj).

euroarabe said...

can a kundara stand next to an iskarbene at the airport and live together in sweet sweet harmony?

أمل said...

Welcome to Rafiq Al Hariri International Airport

Fares said...

Can't wait to go to Lebabon this summer, indeed the airport is where people share the same exitment, to welcome their loved ones...

Why Christians in Syria support the Current Regime? or do they?

Bashir said...

يهنيك السلامة

Anonymous said...

Jamal,
which do you suppport in the world cup? and which team you beleive will win the title?

Jamal said...

When I was 10 I chose Italy as my team, so who am I now to question my 10 year old self? Italy it is.

I would like a new face to win it, but I think Brazil with the best and ugliest player of my lifetime is gonna be hard to beat.