Beirut and Paris. The old story and the new.

In a perfect world, every bombing in every capital and every town gets perfect equal attention. Perfect equal coverage in media. Perfect equal shock from people across the world. A bomb in Nigeria would shock the world populace as it shocked Paris.
In a perfect world, no bombing would happen.
I wish the victims were equal everywhere, I wish we lived in a perfect and equal world but we’re not, and here’s why a bombing in Iraq, Nigeria or Lebanon won’t get the attention it gets in Paris 

Orientalism :

Sadly, Beirut has become throughout the years “a capital of death”, just like Baghdad and Kabul. This simplification and perversion is done through the media lens. We, the people living inside those dangerous places, become pieces of analysis to foreign and local journalists. Death becomes a tool to sound more “expert” and clever about the situation. When the bombing happened in Beirut, the Thursday 12th November, many newspapers rushed to call the neighbourhood where the bomb took place, Burj al Barajneh, as a Hezbollah stronghold. That suddenly militarised the bombing and the latter become somehow acceptable in many eyes, especially foreign ones. 44 innocent victims became the pawns of political but inhumane analysis. Some articles didn’t even utter the word “innocent” or “victims”.
Burj al Barajneh has certainly more Hezbollah presence than some other neighbourhoods, but everyone living in Lebanon knows it’s not a stronghold. The victims were ridiculed, they almost became legitimate targets.

Many newspapers ridiculed and oversimplified the Beirut bombing through the amalgam of the violent Arab, the Arab that is accustomed to death, the Arab that creates death. That’s orientalism in its purest sense and it’s just another term of its wider umbrella, racism.

Bombings and politics. 

Bombings are always political and the shock created by the bombing, especially in Paris, is being used drastically by France’s authority to refrain liberties in the country and bomb IS as an act of revenge in Raqqah, (when Raqqah is already bombed daily by the anti-IS coalition and Russia).

France is actually using the “Etat D’urgence” or State Urgency to repress environmentalist activists. According to his lawyer, Joël Domenjoud, an activist, is under house arrest because until the 12th of December. He is accused of belonging to the “ultra-leftist movement and challenging the tenure of the COP”. He isn’t alone, according to the Guardian, 23 other activists are also under house arrest. France is also building a “strong anti-IS coalition” and for the first time ever, the French FM Laurent Fabius considered working and coordinate with the SAA. Making the attacks on Paris working towards the indirect easing of relations between Assad and France and, of course, serving the propaganda of IS.

Lebanon? The Lebanese Parliament voted to elevate the national debt the night the explosion happened while no one was paying attention.

Read more about the connection between bombings and politics here.

 

Thoughts on Nationalism, Classes, and Racism.

Nationalism is the religion of the state.

One of the first things I remember about going to elementary school was learning how to draw the flag. I remember being told glamorized stories and falsehoods to make it seem as if the cedars were something sacred. Imposition of nationalism is woven into art, literature, it suffuses the mainstream political discourse, not to mention the fact that we are required, from about age five, to eighteen, to pledge fealty to the state by singing the national anthem, every day or Mondays, in most public schools. We are inundated with it, cradle to grave. It’s so ubiquitous, and omnipresent it becomes invisible to most people.
The country gets sold to us our whole lives in a variety of forms forcing us refugees & ‘natives’ to become trapped creatures beginning to love the location where we’re trapped.

Why?

I have to bring up the ideological justification of feudalism= ‘great chain of being’: God gave power to the king, your position in society is divinely ordained & then appeared the idea of ‘nationhood’, that we have common interest according to cultural traits embodied in the state thus your position in society is ordained according to race or culture. The Bourgeoisie created nation states and therefore created a labor force, uniting all the provincial local people into a “national” people with one language, often a shared education that taught uniform skills, used the “What’s good for the nation is good for the people” (to the bourgoise of course that means what’s good for them and their economy). This united different ‘classes’ into a “mass”, created an identity that suggests that a worker or farmer or billionaire from one place/race have more in common than counterpart farmers or workers or bosses in different places. It’s a kind of false universality (that helps the ruling class, obviously which is why it’s promoted and idealized) that isn’t based on interests (like basing your identity on and finding community with Metalheads or Punk Rockers – both of which I fully support people doing as an alternative to patriotism). This notion makes it easier for the people to rally around the idea that those evil immigrants and refugees  are the reason for the economic problems and, if only the country sticks together and kicks them out as it did in those mythical olden days, we can be a strong, proud, and prosperous nation.
And then when we say we want to combat nationalism because it promotes racism, they shut us with: Highlight diversity.  Migrants & refugees may bring from their native countries different languages, religions, cuisines, habits, customs, etc, and it’s a good thing to advocate tolerance of these differences. But we need to go beyond mere tolerance, and argue that these differences aren’t by any means as ‘inherent’ as they may at first appear, and that, moreover, they’re in fact fairly superficial in nature in comparison with the real, objective basis which unites people on an international basis. This is quite in contrast to the petit-bourgeois multiculturalist approach, which of course has no interest whatsoever in unity, and celebrates ethnic differences as though they were an end in themselves. It is important to point out that a discourse which relentlessly highlights ‘cultural diversity’ can only have a detrimental impact on the solidarity of people and their need to develop a rich and common and diverse internationalist culture against their international class enemy.

I really suck at conlusions so to wrap it up:
“There’s no flag big enough to cover up the killing of innocent people”.

Anonymous.

Beirut Marathon should have been cancelled.

Lebanon has witnessed a terrible garbage crisis for more than 3 months now, this marathon is a joke to all the people suffering from bad smell and toxic waste.

Dead rats have been piling up under garbage, attracting a major fly infection in Beirut, Achrafieh, reported the Daily Star. And yet the organisers and partners have the nerve to allow this event. The officials partner, such as the Beirut Municipality, should have stood against the marathon.

This marathon is a lie, a Public Relations stunt for this country, a way to say that Lebanon is a “normal” country, in a normal situation, when it’s absolutely not.

Voices criticising the marathon could be found online and from inside the marathon itself.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156296133340492&set=a.10151327029975492.829941.874055491&type=3&permPage=1

The campaign “Badna Nhassib” or “We want Accountability” used the slogan : “No one is faster than cholera”, warning of the deadly sickness that has been spreading in the Middle East, notably Iraq.

#ما_حدا_اسرع_من_الكوليرا#بدنا_نحاسب

Publiée par ‎بدنا نحاسب‎ sur Dimanche 8 novembre 2015

It’s a shame that the prime minister runs for cameras, for lies, when he accused the viral videos of garbage rivers to be fabricated.