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Leader Antoun Saadi replying to Maronite Patriarch from his exile in Argentina

مصطفى الأيوبي posted on Fb. 35 mins

تحيا سورية،
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[…] فلمّا وقف البطريرك المارونيّ سنة 1937 وتكلّم مدّعياً تمثيل اللبنانيّين وقف زعيم الحزب السّوريّ القوميّ في وجه هذا الادّعاء الباطل وردّ على كلام البطريرك منكراً عليه صلاحيّة تمثيل الأديان والطوائف غير المارونيّة وصلاحيّة تمثيل مجموع الطائفة المارونيّة نفسها الّذي أصبح قسمٌ لا يستهان به منه يدين بعقيدة القوميّة السّوريّة ومبدأه فصل الدين عن الدولة.

وقد أوضح الزّعيم أنّه ليس للبطريرك صلاحيّةً غير صلاحيّة التكلّم باسم الكنيسة المارونيّة في الشّؤون الّتي تهمّ الوجهة الدينيّة البحتة. وكان موقف الحزب السّوريّ القوميّ من ترحيب البطريرك المارونيّ باليهود موقفاً صريحاً شديداً وحمل على هذه السّياسة الدينيّة الخرقاء حملةً صاعقةً كانت لها نتائجٌ كبيرة. وإنّ من مهام هذه الحركة القوميّة المباركة أن تحارب جميع الحزبيّات الدينيّة الّتي تلغي الرّابطة الوطنيّة وتمحو العصبيّة القوميّة وتفسد الإيمان الدينيّ الحقيقيّ، لأنّ مهمّتها الكبرى العمل على فلاح الأمّة السّوريّة وارتقائها.


لم تستثنِ الحركة السّوريّة القوميّة، في حملتها على السّياسات الدينيّة المجزّئة الأمّة، المفكّكة وحدة الشّعب السّوريّ، ملّةً ولا طائفةً لا مارونيّة ولا أرثوذكسيّة ولا بروتستنتيّة ولا غيرها من طوائف المسلمين المسيحيّين، ولا سنيَّة ولا شيعيّة ولا علويّة ولا غيرها من طوائف المسلمين المحمديّين ولا جزءاً أو قسماً من ملّة المسلمين الدّروز. وكما وقفت من قبل في وجه الحزبيّة الدينيّة المسيحيّة تقف اليوم في وجه الحزبيّة الدينيّة المحمّديّة غير خاشيةٍ في الحقّ لومة لائم.


إنّ حملتنا على الحزبيّة الدينيّة من كلّ دينٍ ومذهب ليست حملةً على الدين نفسه ولا على شيءٍ من الاعتقادات الدينيّة البحتة الّتي يجب أن يكون لكلّ فردٍ من أفراد الأمّة السّوريّة الحقّ في الذهاب فيها أيّ مذهبٍ شاء، بل هي حملةٌ لتعزيز الدين وتنزيهه عن الأمور الاجتماعيّة – السّياسيّة الّتي يجب أن تبقى خاضعةً لمبدأ التطوّر حسب مقتضيات حاجة الأمّة وما يقول به الفكر القوميّ الرامي إلى خير الأمّة بأسرها، أي إلى خير كلّ فردٍ وكلّ عائلةٍ في الأمّة. […]
سعاده

الجالية السّوريّة في الأرجنتين والفتنة الدينيّة
الزّوبعة، بيونس آيرس، العدد 37، 1942/2/1
الأعمال الكاملة، المجلّد السّادس، 1942 – 1943
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Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 119

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

There is no such “Arab civilization”: it is the civilization of the people in the Middle-East (Syria, Iran, Egypt…) within the Islamic Empire. That the commanders of armies were selected from the “elite classes” in Mecca and Medina do Not constitute a civilization

Is it true the Maronite Patriarch is to visit Saudi Kingdom this Monday before they release from prison our Saad Hariri PM and return to Lebanon? The Lebanese have Not yet forgotten his treacherous visit to Israel.

Until Saudi Kingdom remove totally the blockade on Yemen, then Hezbollah of Lebanon will Not consider to tactically change its policies in Lebanon or Syria

The inner circle of Bashar Assad and of the Baath party before 2011, who punished the Syrian uprising for 3 years with constant air bombing of their villages and cities and forced millions to flee, should Not expect to be part of the political deal.

Two hubris mindsets: money-first mindset is being matched (attached) with the other mindset that says that any interference in the market is unnecessary and inefficient.

The demise of ISIS (Daesh) started when they applied their retrograde constraints, brutally and violently, on the civilized vast majority Sunnis in Syria and Iraq.

Lebanon President Aoun asked Maronite Patriarch to delay his visit to Saudi Kingdom until the clouds are cleared on the detention of Saad Hariri PM: Apparently, this treacherous Patriarch thinks he is above national entente

PaulaYacoubian fed Saad Hariri information in her questions that she guessed he had no access to them?

Black Water, US private security company, in charge of securing the prisons of Saudi princes?

The verdict of the greedy financial managers and analysts on this international financial crisis is: ” the culprit is a non-entity: It is human risk-taking nature, driven by greed for the enjoyment of the present moment.”

Capitalism is based on 4 foundations: Private property of means of production; free internal people movement and exchange (products, services…); open free market for commerce; and availability of a vast pool of people willing to work for salary.

Your worldview is a unique model that you tailored-made throughout your life, experiences, conditions, situations… in order to survive the thousands of daily problems, frustrations and barriers.

Lebanon President Aoun sent this message: We want our Saad Hariri PM back with All his family members. Saudi Kingdom still applies the tradition of keeping hostages, members of Key allied “leaders”

The frequent visits of Lebanon Saad Hariri PM to Saudi Kingdom were to visit his family members, kept hostages, when Kingdom was satisfied with his “performances”

As if Iraq and Iran needed a major earthquake (7.2) to taste the horrors of a wide range of calamities. Half a dozen major cities (over 500,000 each were affected). So far, 500 killed, 8,000 injured and 13,000 demolished properties. The same region of Karmanchah is still being hit by repetitive earthquakes of magnitude 5.

The Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon agreed Not to display the Cross in Saudi Kingdom. It would be lovely if all religious sects hide their stupid symbols under their tunic (3abayat)

What plagues us in human behaviors is that the one-directional minded people are the ones who frequently suggest flexibility of the mind. And they constitute the vast majority in the Silent Majority

You have these Lebanese who say: “Just show me a single event where Saudi Kingdom was Not good to Lebanon”. As if in the political history of Lebanon pseudo-State ever took a position that dissatisfied the the Saudi mind-set.

Saad Hariri fi mar7alat ta2ammol? ma ba3da raj3ati ila Loubnan? Moubaya3at Baha2?

Is crime against a devout young girl worse than the one committed in the early hours?

Setting of the crime:  A young Lebanese woman of 28, “single and devout”, walked to a nearby abandoned church in the woods in Sahel Alma (close to the port town of Jounieh).  She disappeared for two days and was found dead in the forest.  Details of the crime and its motives are not made public, but the news media focused the attention on the fact that the criminal is a Moslem Syrian and that Meriam is devout and climbed the small hill to pray her rosary…

The Christian Maronite Patriarch demanded in a public speech that ground keepers and gate keepers in Christian churches and properties should not be non-Christian Lebanese…The Syrian ground keeper of the church was arrested and after torture confessed of the crime.  What crime? Rape? Rape before the killing, after the killing, crime of rage, of frustration, of baffled promises…? We don’t know and the family of the victim will not know…These matters are State secrets falling under the category of disturbing community precarious unity and security…

A TV channel covered the gruesome event and focused on foreign immigrant workers…People published posts on atrocities committed by foreign immigrants on “virgin devout girls” and demanding that their “outrage” be “shared” on social platform…

A week before this killing, the internal security forces uncovered a gang of 6 Christians (Armenians?) in the district of Nabaa (Beirut)that has been murdering taxi drivers and older women in the past three years, for small cash just to enjoying nights of drinking and bingeing… No Patriarch (Maronite, Armenian, Orthodox…) took the stand to denounce this serial mass killing for nothing more than the need of small cash…No Patriarch or politician launched a campaign against anything related to the case and we didn’t hear any diatribe condemning the horrors…

Do you believe that a similar crime committed on a girl coming out in the early hours would have raised an eyebrow? Is crime against a devout young girl worse than a crime against a young devout boy? Is crime against a “virgin” young girl worse than a crime against a virgin young  boy?  So many car victims are done by reckless young drivers (less than 19) who got their driving licence by bribes or didn’t even had one…are the victims of car cases less gruesome and harrowing than individual killing?

I watched part of a movie on ARTE last night.  It is about four Greek men in their late thirties, having nothing to do and spending their days lounging in front of their friend’s tiny shop.  After lunch they get together to play a few soccer games in the tiny empty space…This bunch of companions hate immigrants coming from Albania who are “steeling” their jobs…The dog attached outside barks on only Albanians, they claim…

It turned out that one of these Albanians was the son of the mother of the shop keeper…Actually, the shop keeper is the younger brother of the Albanian that the elder confirmed with a photo with their mother when she was living in Albania, and confirmed by the mother…The younger brother demand from his elder not to come and visit his mother again and go together shopping and dining: “This is my house, and I don’t want you to disturb my comfort zone…” 

The conversation revolves around whether the mother is indeed Albanian because she speaks Albanian, whether the shop keeper is indeed Albanian even if he spent most his life in Greece and does not speak Albanian…These sort of conversations that begin a process of serious reflection on the condition of man, nationality, language, newer waves of immigrants…Is Greece actual financial trouble a result of years of relying on the “honor” of being a member of the Euro zone, simply on mythical basis that European culture is “fundamentally” Greek? 

Lebanon is going through one more of its  succession of “critical periods”, this time blamed on the Syrian crisis.  The frequent waves of sectarian media coverage for supporting one sectarian political party against another sectarian political party or an alliance of stupid sectarian and isolationist political parties…, alliances not meant to establishing a true central power to give the Lebanese a semblance of citizens… Sectarian vociferous speeches sending the message that they don’t mind a civil war in Syria if the prize is the head of Bashar el Assad…Those sort of things…

Lebanon never confronted the calamities and future shocks of his long and protracted civil war (17 years) because the warlords of sectarian militias emerged in the government and Parliament to lead Lebanon to a better future…The younger generation, born during the civil war, are not that sane and nobody cares and no “educational” programs have been contemplated to demonstrate the rotten state of affairs, before and after the civil war…

Let us try an honorific Caliphate for the Presidency of the Republic. (written in Dec. 10, 2007)

I described in a previous article the responsibilities of the President to the Republic after the Taif Constitution to be mostly honorific and that the Christian Maronite sectarian caste has devalued to third in rank after the Moslem Sunny and Chi3a castes.

In my article “Who care for the office of President to the Republic” I foresaw that this office is no longer that practically essential, and if it was left vacant for a while then no immediate disaster will befall Lebanon.

Former President Emile Lahoud kept threatening that he will not permit the Seniora PM government to administer the Republic after he leaves the Palace.

Well, Lahoud vacated silently and surreptitiously on November 23rd with no decisions how the State should be managed.  And the office has been vacant since then, and the Palace closed to visitors, even to tourists whom forgot to visit Lebanon this year also. And the government resumed its course…

In Lebanon caste system, the Moslem political leaders were the real leaders of their respective castes, and their appointed clergies were basically the mouthpiece, and usually cover their current political leaders for unity.

The reverse is happening for the Maronite caste: historically and for centuries the Maronite clergy tried to control its political leaders and evinced them in crucial events, even fomenting the peasants to revolt against their feudal Christian lords.  Presently, the Maronite caste is split between two political leaders, Michel Aoun of the Tayyar party and Samir Geaja of the Lebanese Forces.

Although the current Maronite Patriarch, Nasr Allah Sfeir, had been burned more than once before, after nominating candidates to the Republic and being turned down, he slipped again: he could not help but to follow the suggestion of the European emissaries to form a list of eligible candidates, which he did to the outcry of all the potential Maronite candidates.

General Michel Aoun sent the Patriarch and the Council of the Bishops emissary after emissary warning them not to meddle in the political process for the election of a Maronite President to the Republic to no avail.  General Aoun was prompted to clarify who is the de-facto political Patriarch for the Maronite caste.

Within Lebanon caste system General Aoun is the political Patriarch of the Maronite; not only for the number of Maronite deputies in the Parliament that represent his party but also because of his clear and transparent views and because he has proved that he stands undaunted against all odds and pressures from the West and the media dominated by the government allies.

Just tonight, General and deputy Aount has announced to the Lebanese to enjoy the Adha and Christmas Holidays in peace and security because there will be no election for a President until after the vacation.  General Aoun is adamant that no election will take place before a political comprehensive understanding has been agreed upon by the government’s allies and the opposition forces.

Democracies in the developed States might view these preconditions as anathema, but Lebanon is not a democratic States: Lebanon is a caste political system, not constitutionally but according to an ancient National Pact of 1943, and governed by accord among the main castes.

If the ancient and old Maronite Patriarch is overwhelmed by events, and just administering the political situation through Sunday speeches at mass and forming lists of potential candidates, the political Patriarch Aoun is much more aware of the weak position of the Maronites at this phase of the game and wants to re-establish the real responsibilities and duties to the position of the President.

The successive troika or triumvirate rulers (late Rafik Hariri, Nabih Berri, and Elias Hrawi) of Lebanon from 1993 to 2003 are not to the advantage of the people: It is an oligarchic mechanism for splitting the spoils of the treasury among the political leaders of five basic castes.

Practically, in this Lebanon caste system, even a strong President with sufficient backing in the Parliament is bound to get immersed in troika ruling of the State for the economy to move forward and important laws to be passed.

The difference between a weak President with no substantial deputy backing and a strong President is a matter of quantitative advantages but no qualitative jump for long lasting security and stability.

The main qualitative advantage of a strong President is to using the Presidential pulpit to politically educating the citizens with frankness, facts and firm stands for what is right and honorable. General Aoun has proven to have the qualifications of a strong qualitative President.

People justify our recurring political instabilities to the complex trades among the leaders and castes for prime offices.  Our system is not that complicated at all: it is plainly pretty simple and lazy. If we try permutations to the prime offices among the castes then we may applaud our boldness to experiment with fairness and confidence as a people.

Maybe before Lebanon experiment with an alternative political system that is more in affinity with Western democracies let us try a few permutations on our current system. Let the Presidency be the honorific position of Caliphate in permutation among the Koraichi Sunny, the Abbasi Chiite and Wahhabi Khawariji and then let the Christian castes experiment with the functions of Prime Minister in permutation among their castes.

We might be lacking political rationality after recognizing that our caste system is not functional and still persist in our short-shortsightedness for lack of courage to change and experiment for a working alternative.

At least, if we were a vital people we would have applied the trial and error method; whatever errors might results from our endeavors it wouldn’t be as nefarious as the calamities befalling us since our Independence in 1943.

Note:  The army general for operation, Francois Hajj, was assassinated in B3abda.  General Hajj was the strongest candidate to replace Michel Suleiman as head of the army in case general Suleiman was selected for president to the Republic.  Deputy Michel Aoun warned that this assassination might be covered up by the government as the dozen other assassinations.

We have two major vacancies to fill for important offices now and it appears that our political and security situation is exacerbated and our holidays are shot.


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