Adonis Diaries

Any government soon? We want a government for Lebanon Mr. Mikati PM

Posted on: February 5, 2011

We have so many reforms to catch up with civilized nations and laws that match the UN Charters of super laws.  We are hungry, lacking potable water, and electricity.  Basic goods for survival have tripled in price and still, we have no government:  The last one that ruled for a year failed to achieve a single promise.  And the Lebanese survived; for how long before mass demonstrations, more violent and determined than the Egyptians are,  to get on the march?  We have got to get ready and pressure this convoluted stupid process of forming government to start working.  Bring in the tents, sleeping bags, and backpack.  Bring in all your family members:  We will party as a united people: We want a government now!

So the numbers of Moslem and Christian “citizens” should be equally represented in governments, Parliaments, and public service positions…Any problems to forming a government? We can find qualified ministers, in equal religious affiliation divides, educated, energetic, clean of crimes, and ready to get on with the business of caring to all the citizens, regardless of sect affiliation, gender, districts, and class wealth.

We have four “recognized” Moslem or Moslem kinds of sects; we have 15 recognized Christian or Christian kinds sects (constituting barely 25% of the population) that are vying for representation.  Any problem to forming a government?  We can find 19 qualified ministers, educated, energetic, clean of crimes, and ready to get on with the business of caring to all the citizens, regardless of sect affiliation, gender, districts, and class wealth.  So what!  We have great people in every sect to represent all Lebanese and work consciously for the interest of a democratic and independent Lebanon. Let Mikati PM select 19 hard-working, professional, honest ministers from the various sects.  We don’t need superfluous “Super Ministers” with no ministry to run or jobs to do!  We want a government now.

So the Moslem Shia sect citizens constitute more than 45% of the “informal” population (we have never conducted a formal census in the last 60 years in order not to divulge the correct proportions among sects), the Sunnis another 30% and all the Christians about 25%.  So what?  Why should we be so uptight about proportional sectarian representation?  Aren’t we a secular State?  I mean, that’s the wishes of the naive newer generations who take for granted western propaganda of the benefit and equitable modern representation in democratic systems?

We have so many reforms to catch up with as a civilized nation in order to function as a responsible society, but we want a government to be formed soon to tackle problems and difficulties congested in this bottle neck of a functioning government.

Lebanon is not Iraq and does not need 7 months to form a government that pleases the US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Iran…:  We have no foreign troops on our lands.  We don’t have to wait months for every new designated Prime Minister to constitute a government.   Maybe the Lebanese are used to function without a government, but this should no longer be the norm.  In Lebanon, all we have to please is Syria:  It is the function of Syria to please the US, the EU, Saudi Arabia, and especially Iran.  I suggest that Mikati PM stop taking up the precious time of our President Suleiman and run the government version to Bashar Assad first.  We just want a government soon.

We have no Israeli, Syrian, US troops, or “multinational coalition forces” to impose peace and security on our land.  The Lebanese Resistance  forces kicked out Israel from the south in 2000  and defeated Israel preemptive incursion in 2006.  The Syrian troops and intelligence services had vacated the land in 2005.  We have no reason to bow and accept this recurring humiliating scenarios of waiting for months for the formation of a government.

We don’t want to be waiting for the International Court for Lebanon to present its preliminary indictments in order to form a responsible government.  What is the job of a government except preempting coming calamities? We resent that Lebanon has been under UN mandated power for the last 5 years; we refuse to keep waiting for every events and trouble in the region to be solved before we get on with business.

I suggest that Mikati PM forms a government of 23 ministers at most:  We have no money for superfluous ministers with no tangible jobs and responsibilities.  Anyway, most of our ministries are not funded:  They are basically a desk and a chair for a minister to sit on.  It is logical that the previous opposition parties that fired Saad Hariri, and are now the majority in the Parliament, retain their “veto numbers” of a third plus one ministers. The remaining ministers should be morally sound technocrats appealing to Mikati and the President of the Republic. The finance and justice ministries should be in the hands of the opposition block since Saad was fired based on mishandling the finances of the State, of highway robbery in the treasury, and procrastinating in his decision for safeguarding the internal stability of Lebanon regarding the mandated power of the UN over Lebanon.

We want a government now Mr. Mikati!

The Egyptians and Tunisians revolted and got organized without the help and guidance of any political party.  We, the Lebanese, don’t need to be waiting for every feudal and sectarian “leader” to give us any damned green light to get on the march and moving toward serious reforms.  We want a bold and functional government now.

We should have our tents, sleeping bags, and backpack ready for the first serious obstacle to forming a government.  Bring in all your family members:  We will party as a united people: We want a government now!

We will not leave until a government is formed.  Our lame leaders are not as stupid and mule-minded as Mubarak of Egypt is.  We, the Lebanese, have demonstrated that we can be as determined and united as the great people of Egypt.

Guys, we have a large window of opportunity to send a firm message: “This vicious cycles of spending months catering to every whim of every feudal, sectarian, and cartel party leader is no longer appetizing to our palate.  We are hungry, frustrated, and angrier than a wasp.  Lebanon political structure is to be reformed, and this is as good a time as ever.”

Bring in the tents, sleeping bags, and backpack.  Bring in all your family members:  We will party as a united people: We want a government now!

Note:  Since we need a reduced government and the number of sects to satisfy is large then, a few sects will be more represented proportionally.  For example, in a government of 22 ministers, the quota of equality in number among Moslems and Christian sects may produce the following account:  4 ministers Shias, 4 Sunnis, 2 Druze, one Allawi. On the Christian side, we could have 3 Maronites, 2 Greek Orthodox, 1 Greek Catholic, and 5 other minority Christian sects (out of the 12) that can be permutated in following successive government formation.

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