13th April 1975 – Lebanon still led by warlords 40 years after start of civil war.

Today’s a sad anniversary, 13th April 1975 is considered to be the “official” date of the beginning of the civil war in Lebanon. A war that killed more than 150,000 and 17,000 disappearances.
It is a sad day even for the generations that were born after 1990, the end of the civil war. It reminds them how fragile is the situation, and a date like the 7th may 2008 comes back to their minds. A “mini” civil war between political parties militias, urging them to make the Doha agreement.

Look at today’s leading politicians of Lebanon and you’ll see many war faces. The elections of a president in Lebanon are disputed between two old warlords, Michael Aoun and Samir Geagea. Geagea was the only militia leader that was imprisoned, the remaining were in a way “pardoned” following the Taif Agreement. These men have activity participated in war, killing dozens of people, sometimes in massacres. Today they act as salon gentleman. We stil call Michael Aoun general, a reminder of his role in the civil war, and Samir Geagea doctor, even though he never received a diploma.

We still have a Joumblatt, his son is also playing politics with him, we still have Gemayels in the ineffective Lebanese parliament. We still have Hariri’s, because “if you kill my father, that will launch me into politics”. We still have Nabih Berri, because his chair is so confortable, and of course, he’s also an ancient (literally) warlord. Hezbollah revere the sons of slain leaders, making them leaders at their places.

Many questions run in my mind, and I have not yet found the answers.
How come these same parties still hold so much power after their crimes? Are we dependant to them? Is this because we feel that they defend our sect during political turmoil? What about our civil rights? In the last global competitiveness report from the World Economic Forum, Lebanon is the country that trust the less their politicians (out of 144 countries), the country also ranks 142 for irregular payments and bribes and the judicial independence ranks 138. How come these results don’t translate in a change, a movement from the people? The current political parties hold too tightly the political set, and independents are often ousted quickly from the government or leave it themselves because of the bribery, the nepotism, and the strong power of warlords. How come all feel the MP’s will come back to their seats after the next elections, when they illegally extended their mandate?

How come some of us, the “new” generation, post-90, have so much hate and resentment against the other?

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