Monday, July 03, 2006

The final touch of humiliation

Gebran Tueni's last appearance in the Lebanese Parliament was an impressive one, well in fact he was impressive every time he took the chance to say anything. He was the kind of people that don't just say anything and everything on his mind, overestimating himself, as Bashir Gemayel; but on the other hand he was not the kind of people that would talk against his beliefs simply because it's safer *Winks at the Hariri Block*. When he felt he can't express his opinions then he said nothing and given half a chance he'd say the right word at the right place. And that day in the Parliament the right word was craving to be said, and Gebran said it whole, he was denouncing the neglect of the Lebanese authorities towards the remains of people around the old Syrian interrogation centers. In fact the bones of human beings were simply roasting under the burning sun, I think they are still Roasting so. He was reminding people that the Assad Regime was the Author of these acts, that the responsibility of the Lebanese Parliament toward those martyrs exceeded its responsibility toward the Syrian/Lebanese fraternal relationships.

For those who don't know about it, around the old Syrian centers, bones and remains of human beings covered with some earth. Some were very old remains, dating from the Lebanese civil war, others were pretty recent, the 90s, after the end of the Lebanese war. There were bones of adult males in general but there were some women too and kids. When these mass graves were discovered, it left the Lebanese people speechless, not that we didn't know about it, but somehow after the war we simply got used to the Myth of atrocities we all knew that we all did horrific acts, but we didn't want to see it. Maybe it's our way to feel safer, maybe it was a way to keep telling our kids about the ferocious enemies that are waiting in the darkness of our 15 years old truce. Not seeing means that we are free to paint the picture that we want, we can simply say: "we were only defending ourselves; we did nothing without being provoked"

In brief, we just didn't want to see it. But among ourselves we had an ironic smile asking ourselves: "How will the Syrians justify this?" Well very simple. They coldly said it's all in our heads, that the Syrian secret services had nothing to do with it. They said that it's clearly not the Syrians that during the war it was the Lebanese that did all the atrocities, not the Syrians, which we should search for the responsible inside Lebanon

You'd think that the Lebanese would be outraged! That the Parliament would denounce this attitude, that the Hariri Block would demand international aid, that maybe Michel Aoun would shout about it, that Geagea would be the first to declare war, or maybe that Hezbollah would come back to its senses and join the Lebanese block... Some said it was unacceptable, others said that this should be handled rationally and away from the emotional biais... Eventually Gebran was the only one left shouting about it, denouncing this silence, this submission, the called for the bones of the victims, he said that the parents deserved to burry there kids, he said that we owed it to the victims, that this is the ultimate insult...

Now Gebran is dead, he was killed so that he'd shut up. And they had what they wanted, none can no longer here Gebran's voice yelling, somehow his death (along with the ones before him) marked the death of our revolution. Not that I am deploring what we did, or saying we haven't achieved anything, but somehow every revolution ends with the return of the monotony of stupidity.

But it seems today almost as if even destiny worked against Gebran, almost as if the heavens were punishing him for doing the right thing. This week it was declared on TV that some of his remains were buried again. Apparently, when he was killed, his body was scattered around like a broken crystal ball. Most of his body was collected and handed over to the family. but they were in a hurry to reopen the road that some remains were left there, to be discovered a few months later. In fact when the inspectors revisited the crime scene, they found some human remains, some of those belonged to Gebran, the rest were simply unidentified, not sure if they even tried to identify them.

Pretty ironic that he'd end up having his remains roasting in the sun for months, just the way he refused to see others to.


jokerman said...

very nicely put, unfortuantely arabs dont learn from history, the future is bleak.

Pazuzu said...

Arabs should all be eradicated, except for me:D and if you want you can survive too:P

jokerman said...

I'm no arab. I wouldn't go far as saying arabs to be eradicated, the main problem with arabs is their obssession with customs & traditions as if its a God, so the thing that should be eradicated is their way of thinking, if they want to survive the future.

shlemazl said...

Hmm. I feel like defending Arabs. Something must be wrong!

Anyway, there is nothing wrong with traditions (as long as we are not talking beheadings and female circumcision) and there are lots of great Arab individuals. Arabs have contributed heavily to civilization in middle ages.

The problem is that politically and socially Arab countries are still in the Middle Ages.

Pazuzu said...

You're not an arab? wow that's a shock! I always thought you were arab and actually never questioned that lol. As for arabs, I still think arabs are really annoying, eradication is still an option.hehe

That's the funny part, everybody seems to agree that Arabs were at a certain point important, but if you look closely they have very littel(if not to say nothing) and all those who keep repeating that the Arab gold age gave the world more than just translation work, these people never gave any real proof. If you ask me, the Arab culture is nothing but a long Middle age