Friday, February 24, 2006

A Joke of a Country

A few hours after landing in Beirut, I felt I was in a large hospital.

In Kuwait the constitutional crisis ended in a week, in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, with all their in-fighting, the transfer of power was smooth and refined.

Back home the leaders we have elected are taking the country to the brink of civil strife and economic disaster.

The problem is that their followers are plenty and each “tribe” claims that it is doing its duty towards Lebanon.

15 years of war and nothing has changed. 15 years of war and the new generation of Lebanese is taking the cause of the same old secterian leaders to heart.

The irresponsible breed of politicians hijacked the new Lebanon that we dreamt of on March 14. The Lebanon that would compete economically with Dubai has become a fantasy. The Lebanon, free of Syrian troops, is faltering under the overweight ambitions of its new masters.

Two hospital jokes that are making the rounds in Lebanon illustrate in a humorous way our predicament:

- Michel Aoun and Samir Geagea enter an asylum. The psychiatrist in charge asks Geagea who he is.
Geagea replies: “Jesus of course”.
The puzzled director then asks Aoun the same question. Aoun says: “First let me start by saying that Geagea is a liar. I barely know him and he is definitely not my son.”

- Hassan Nasralllah goes to the nativity ward of a hospital to visit his new born child. He sees an area with 10 babies and asks the doctor whether his kid is amongst them and the doctor replies that those are Christian babies.
Sayyed Hassan sees another group of 20 babies and asks whether his new born is present. But the doctor says that the babies are Sunnis and he takes him to an area with 800 babies and he points towards baby Nasrallah.
The happy Sayyed runs to him, holds him and tells him: “Googoo, gaagaa, inguerra, inguerra.”
Suddenly all 800 babies shout in unison with risen fists: “Googoo, gaagaa, inguerra, inguerra.”


Welcome to planet Lebanon where the grass is greener, the pockets emptier and the minds have emigrated!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tremendous Post , I wholeheartedly agree with you .
The worst part is that Dr. Rice declares in Lebanon : Lebanon should look towards the Future... and forget the Past.... but you turned around and see the USA propping up , Geagea , Junblatt , Berri , Al-Moustaqbal, and ALL the Sectarian fanatics, Houligans and Thiefs

24 February, 2006 16:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tremendous Post , I wholeheartedly agree with you .
The worst part is that Dr. Rice declares in Lebanon : Lebanon should look towards the Future... and forget the Past.... but you turned around and see the USA propping up , Geagea , Junblatt , Berri , Al-Moustaqbal, and ALL the Sectarian fanatics, Houligans and Thiefs


I'm puzzled isn't the US looking towards the "Future"?

01 March, 2006 16:58  

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