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    We Do Not Look Elsewhere, We Look Beyond


    Lebanon is once again going through very dark times. Seventeen years after the official end of the civil war, some say we are back to where Lebanon was in early 1975. It is of course critical to understand why and how we are where we are. Despite the withdrawal of occupying armies, despite thousands of “dialogue” sessions and “conflict resolution” workshops at both the leadership and the citizen level, despite the historic uprising of 2005, a new war is today a scenario that some seriously consider. This, though, will be the topic of another article.

    In such times, is there room for issue-based politics? We, at DRM, say yes!Is it still possible to remember that our “Siyasa” is translated as “Politics” but also as “Policy”? We, at DRM, believe we can; although it is difficult to talk about reform, economy or environment, in times of polarisation. Difficult but not impossible.

    We want to stand by our March-14 allies against the attempts of Syria to reassert its control over Lebanon and against the political system that Hezbollah wants to impose. But in parallel, we want to tackle policy issues too. This is how we can ultimately contribute to the March-14 cause of a modern and free country.

    When we take part in reforestation campaigns, when we debate over social and economic issues, when we organise workshops about modernising the Lebanese electoral system, we try to materialise what we stand for. We do not do this to show our difference or to copy foreign experiences. We do it because we are committed to the success as well as the sustainability of the March-14 project, and because we believe we will overcome the current obstacles.

    If we wait for peace, stability, disarmament of Hezbollah, end of Syrian-sponsored terrorism to start thinking about policy, we will face two major risks. First, we cannot afford losing the current political battle. Yet, we cannot afford either waking up one day, hopefully soon, with all political problems solved, but without valid, fair and democratic policy proposals for Lebanon. We do not want to trust people who have never shown real skills in developing satisfying and modern policies, to come up with solutions to the different aspects of the citizens’ lives.

    Whereas if we, at DRM, manage to start now building policy proposals, and we, at March-14, manage to achieve our political goals, the new Lebanon would have at least a comprehensive policy package option already made available. We will not miss the opportunity to make DRM a major player in tomorrow’s Lebanon. The Lebanese youth deserves it.

    When we talk about issue-based politics we are not looking elsewhere. We are looking beyond!

    5 responses to “We Do Not Look Elsewhere, We Look Beyond”

    1. Toni SFEIR says:

      Tres bon article, c’est bien vu d’insister sur le fait que la priorite est l’alliance avec le 14 Mars (Batir un etat fort sans influence etrangere) mais que le fait de discuter d’autres sujets constitue une vision plus large et non un hors sujet.

    2. Hiba Koussaifi says:

      very good article

    3. Ziad achkar says:

      This article is very good, i have to say that you guys at tajaddod youth carry out all of our ideas for a Modern, Democratic Lebanon. I Hope That You Guys Succeed, All The Best Luck. Together WE CAn Work To Get Lebanon To The Top Again, To HAve investments pouring back in our beautiful country. We will not take away our dream for that lebanon

    4. Michel Khoury says:

      It’s refreshing to see some of our youth looking beyond the tit-for-tat tactics of the current parties involved in the standoff. A policy-based strategy is not only looking beyond; if transmitted correctly, it can elevate the current speech that attract the masses from a demagogic to a more rational level. The more youth “interested” in this approach, the better we are off for all of Lebanon; not to mention that policies are what’s going to affect the day-to-day life of each one of us. Thank you Ayman for this valuable contribution.

      My major disagreement with you Ayman, and as you probably expect, is at the level at which you’re willing to extend your arm. First, you reach out within your party (DRM), then you reach out to the broader March 14 alliance where you stop, excluding the other half of the standoff. It;s quite unfortunate to read that you cannot extend your arm to reach out for the current “foes” in the standoff.

      As far as I understand policies, they apply to all citizens equally (except for the PSL) and I do not understand why the youth of Hezbollah would not be interested in discussing such policies with you.

      I will not make this any longer, I just wanted to show my disappointment on how such a noble cause is getting lost within the political rift and not being used as a catalyst for unification at the grassroots level.


    5. Ayman M. says:

      Thanks Michel.

      I never wrote that the level at which we’re willing to extend our arm stops at the March-14 border. Everyone is welcome to discuss policies at anytime. We are part of major policy initiatives related to the Lebanese economy or to environment that bring together youth from all sides of the Lebanese political spectrum.

      However we don’t want to only “discuss” policies. We think that tackling policy issues and coming up with recommendations and positions is a major way for us to contribute to the success of the March-14 political project.
      Our priority is and will still be fighting the rampant desire of Syrians to recontrol Lebanon, directly or through their proxies. It is and will still be fighting the change of regime that Syria’s allies (and natural allies) are trying to impose on Lebanon. It is and will still be fighting for an institutional-constitutional decision-making process on war and peace issues. We will discuss policies with anyone, but we will not lose sight of the priorities, because, in our opinion, if we lose the political battle, there will be even no space for any kind of policies under a regime controlled by Syria’s allies. We tested them.

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