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    What is it like to be a March 14 supporter nowadays?

    What is it like to be a March 14 supporter nowadays? This question is self-evident for all those who have come to believe in the principles of the Cedar Revolution without being biased in favor of their confessions, parties and movements under the March 14 banner.

    This question emanates from accumulated events and experience, from successes and failures, from disappointments and good news, from the new reality that has imposed itself on all parties and from the discussion of embarrassing, problematic and monetary issues. This question is tantamount to settling scores with the administration, performance, experience, goals, difficulties and sacrifices. This question is about the future and hard, sometimes impossible, to achieve dreams; a question about the value of being biased in favor of the project aimed at building the state as the basis of any political action; the question of emphasizing independence, freedom and sovereignty as objective and confirmed factors in the process of building this state.

    What is it like to be a March 14 supporter nowadays?

    Being a March 14 supporter nowadays is to feel astounded, disappointed and, perhaps, even broken by the latest events, which run against your ideas and your vision or the country, its position and its role. It is to feel sad for an invasion that started out in Beirut and fell short in the Mountain. It is to be scared, whether now or in the past, to harbor shock and disillusion regarding your choices, your ambition and your attachment to this varied, pluralistic and impossible country.

    Being a March 14 supporter nowadays is to be not quite satisfied with the performance of the army and security services during this crisis, knowing that this is the same army you praised on the Martyrs’ Square when you shouted: “We want no army in Lebanon other than the Lebanese army.” Still, you repeat this slogan in your heart and mind despite extensive admonition as you, and all people, hail former Army Commander Michel Sleiman as a consensus candidate. It is to have wished for a moment or two that you had weapons to fight with, only to retract such madness because it stands in total contradiction to your project in the first place, as well as to your conception of how nations are built.

    Being a March 14 supporter nowadays is to be not quite satisfied with the Doha Agreement. Still, you deem it a good alternative to the option of war, burning, killing and civil destruction and a decent outcome for all parties, even as precedence is “implicitly given to the interest of the other party, which shunned the state when it used its weapons to secure its political conditions. It is not to be reassured about your security in Beirut just yet; it is to be not quite convinced that what happen will not happen again and that you may be merely preparing for the worst.

    Being a March 14 supporter nowadays is to admonish some Cedar Revolution leaders on their performance and not to be convinced with most of the administration’s political rhetoric for the past three years, albeit without being able to voice your objection, rejection and criticism today as you postpone objection, screaming and the settlement of scores until you regain your balance, your confidence and your consciousness.

    Being a March 14 supporter nowadays is to be resentful, anticipating, cautious, confused, defeated, restless and on the alert. It is longing for that great day when you let out a bloodied shout against oppression, servility, custody and occupation, when you stood in the Freedom Square under the shelter of the Lebanese flag and used your clenched fist to draw the dream of a free, secure nation and a unified, stable people. It is longing for the day when you amazed the world with this sweeping wish to emancipate and break free, when you made all peoples jealous and instigated the suspicions of regimes and rulers. It is longing for the martyrs who fell by our side on the road to hope, which was inaugurated by the blood of Rafik Hariri and traced with that of Bassil, Samir, Georges, Gebran, Pierre, Walid, Antoine, Francois and Wissam. It is longing for honesty, clarity, nobility and truth in every breath taken by your companions in the upheaval and for the moment you felt that you are an individual belonging to an uprising people, a nation walking towards the light and a country brandishing its identity, its silence and its option as weapons to confront those who subdued it and drove it to the edge of slow, clinical death.

    Being a March 14 supporter nowadays is to be expecting justice and punishment of the assassins and criminals ad not to have lost hope in the international tribunal in spite of everything. It is to fear that more assassinations, acts of violence, violation and intimidations will take place. It is to wait for the killers to be placed behind bars in order to breathe and look up towards the sky and wave to the martyrs, saying: The moment of truth has come, my friends.

    Being a March 14 supporter nowadays is to still love life and cling to hope and the future. It is to perceive the project of building the state as you had always dreamt it would be as a road to salvation on earth. It is to spurn violence as a means to secure acquired rights and look your folks, your children and your friends in the eye to find Beirut’s coming spring in them, reminiscing on the Prague Spring, which was quashed by tanks only to give birth to velvety freedom after decades of struggle.

    Being a March 14 supporter nowadays is to walk in the footsteps of your grandfathers and ancestors and stand up against campaigns of punishment, submission. Intimidation and disciplining, and walk with steady steps towards life.

    Being a March 14 supporter nowadays is to have been a Lebanese for more than a thousand years, to hold your identity in one hand and your dream in the other so that your fingers give birth to this little country called Lebanon.

    Ghassan Jawad
    June 9th, 2008
    NOW Lebanon

    4 responses to “What is it like to be a March 14 supporter nowadays?”

    1. N A says:

      Excellent article !!

    2. Robert says:

      You place all of the above hopes on a grouping of warlords, ethnic cleaners and the corrupt??

      No wonder the Cedar revolution failed, look at whom was chosen to be the face of it.

      You think the Lebanese are that stupid and their memory only dates back to Feb 14th 2005?

    3. N A says:

      Robert,
      this “they are all the same, they are all corrupt warlords etc..” rethoric doesnt work anymore.
      Instead of nagging about it, why dont you try to create an alternative whose goal is all of the “above hopes”.

    4. Hiba Koussaifi says:

      it is an excellent article, that reflects exactly what we are feeling.

      just remember, samir kassir once wrote: ‘al 2e7bat layssa kadaran’

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