That word is but a weak one to describe Berri, Gebran Bassil, their friends, the ruling class. I’d rather use words like “vampires, zombies” or worse, “bankers”.
But the word بلطجي has an interesting story. It originates from the Turkic* family language. Arabic obtained it with the spread of the Ottoman empire in the region. The word is baltacı and it has a completely different meaning in Turkish. It means Ax builder or Ax wielder. (In Turkish suffixes such as ci or cı are used to describe many professions or roles so baltacı is derived from balta, which means ax). And Arabic got the same role for ji. (Kababji for example in Lebanon).
A Baltacı was a palace guard of the ottoman empire. And there is even a Pasha named Baltacı Mehmet Pasha. History, of course, led the word to have a derogatory connotation.
Turkish speaking people seeing the news from Lebanon thus must wonder why and how that word brought us yet again to the brink of another civil war. And it must be funny in their heads, imagining Berri with an ax.
Ax wielder, with the history of the militiaman Berri, is in fact a perfect description and insult.
* Assuming the word is present in all Turkic languages.
Last Wednesday after hearing an insult against Nabih Berri by a protester, Amal Movement supporters rushed to the scene, destroyed the tents of the hunger strikers, threw huge stones and bricks at the peaceful protesters. They were enraged by the insult. They may have been directly sent by the Amal bureaus or just came spontaneously, either way they’re the victims of the Lebanese sectarian system. And of course, this post doesn’t defend at all their condemnable actions.
The first victims of the Lebanese sectarian system are those lost men who threw bricks at the peaceful protesters Wednesday, because of an insult against “their” leader.
The “Movement of Hope” has a nice name, but a dreamy one. It may have given hope, but what did it give to the supporters and to ALL Lebanese? Did it give them electricity? Water? Did it remove the garbage from the streets? No.
The “Future Party” also has a nice name, it also gives hope, but it gave nothing real.
It only gave baseless pride. “We the Shias were oppressed before the Movement of Hope.”
“We the Sunnis were oppressed before the Future Party”.
See where is the problem? “We the Shias/Sunnis” instead of “we the people”. Were oppressed? No, we are ALL STILL oppressed. We the people, are oppressed by the entire political class.
The current political parties play with our religious identities, and they transform too many hopeless souls into souls of hate and rejection. The poor stay poor, only he has the useless weapon of the sectarian pride against everything and everyone.
So I urge all the people to think about the political parties, what has they brought to Lebanon as a WHOLE? I urge all the followers of mainstream political parties to think, take a step back, see if their socio-economical status were improved over the years. They’ll understand why it’s time to abandon these parties that mock us and jail us in the sectarian prison.