A lot of people are sharing stories of the times Aoun and Geagea bombed their neighborhoods. I can’t testify to that, as I was too young to remember and had the “luxury” to be born in a remote village in the north of Lebanon. I can’t testify firsthand to the pain of the war, to the loss, to the fear, to the death surrounding you. But I can testify to the hatred i saw and see every day between people my age or younger, who also did not live the war. I am not dismissing their experiences or those shared by their loved ones, but they themselves did not live the war, yet they hate each other, they listen to songs and learn how to honk, put stickers on their cars, and wage their own war, with no blood shed, but a cold war still… Where is the urge to question those they blindly follow, and ask why? What happened? Who won? How many people died? What happened to those kidnapped? How many women and girls were raped? How many corpses were tied and dragged by cars like war trophies? How many loaves of bread were stolen at checkpoints? Why? How?
Yesterday Aoun said, what happened, happened and we should put it behind us, and maybe remember it so that we don’t repeat it, and Geagea was smiling besides him… Well, even though it is our fault, I don’t want to stop believing that we deserve better.
This endorsement, this deal between two war criminals, is yet another nail in the coffin of our collective memory. We didn’t live the war, and we are stripped from our ability to hold those responsible for the death of thousands accountable.
And now, we have to forget and move on, because it is convenient for them? Because in face of mutual elimination after years of wanting to eliminate each other, is the only way to survive? And we can’t demand justice? We can’t question their past, and they want us to trust them with our future? No, we deserve better.
They say, this is peace making. How can peace exist without a proper context? How can peace exist without a reconciliation process? How can peace exist without healing from the past? How can peace exist and we are in a silent, brutal, cold, war everyday? Where is peace when all we see is corruption, unaccountability, nepotism, theft, and the dismissal of a whole people?
I demand better!