|Israeli soldier looking from behind the borders (photo from the withdrawal day)|
May 25, 2000, I woke up on these words being said by my father.
We come from a South-Lebanon village, laying on the borders of Lebanon with Palestine. And for as long as I remember (till that day) it was living hell to go there during the summer vacation or on some occasion (that included pre-requested passing permits, walking long distances into the gateways, being subject to security checks and other insulting behaviors...).
But that day was different, we were only concerned about rumors about Hezbollah, the leader in the Resistance movement, and how would they act. That turned out to be a false concern. The contributors to the Liberation were as civilized as possible.
But 11 years later, a lot has changed on the Lebanese scene. Obviously the Israelis have withdrawn, a Prime Minister was assassinated, Syrian troops have left the country too, political assassinations, a war was fought with Israel, the army wiped a major terrorist threat, major internal armed conflict, 2 elections, shifts in a parliamentary majority. Moreover, various changes are happening in the region surrounding us (wars, revolutions, regimes toppled, regimes threatened, etc...). But more importantly, we have become more interested in making changes on the social and economical scenes.
My main interest here, is the secular and anti-sectarian movement, which, over time, is gaining in popularity and making more and more efficient moves, and that for the simple reason that I believe that this path is the best solution for our community.
The secular movement, is the new type of resistance, with a new type of rebels, fighting against the oppression and occupation of confessions and religious fundamentalism in our society. The Liberation from these restraints is a necessity, in order to advance with the country.
I totally understand Hezbollah's stance to civil laws allegedly attributed to Sheikh Qassem (which must in a way reflect the Party's stance too), and more like expected it from a deeply religious organization. In fact I admire his honesty, at least he's made it easy to activists so this way they can find means to negotiate their terms and find a compromise between their demands and the Party's. Unlike other political and "spiritual" leaders, who haven't expressed their explicit stance on these issues.
In fact, what I hope for, is that Hezbollah have an open-minded attitude, as they usually do (take for instance the agreement with Michel Aoun's Tayyar Party), to any contact attempt from secular activists (whom i sincerely hope would engage into that move) and try to help them bridge the gap separating them.
We all should work hand in hand to continue the military Liberation into a social one.