The other face of the Lebanese people

During the painful act of assassination which targeted Wesam Al Hasan on October 19th 2012, Wesam Al Hasan who is a martyr of Lebanon, it was pretty obvious that the goal was to increase the conflicts between the Sunnis and the Shiaas, as well as plant more divisions in order for this country to enter a bigger dilemma in which its people hate each other even more.

Even though a lot of individuals went out to the streets, some committing sabotaging acts and stopping people from maintaining their normal lives, yet these were only individual acts and individual opinions which cannot be generalized.

Though it seems that the criminal has achieved his goal by having Lebanese people commit ugly acts and point fingers at each other, yet I must admit that inside our houses, we were different.

It is true that divisions were taken out on the streets, yet we cannot neglect the fact that wise young men and women understood that what was happening was not acceptable, and that they had to stick together.

People of different sects hated and condemned the crime, and the same house was a shelter for both Sunnis and Shiaas, without thinking or considering each other as enemies or hated ones.

What happened was an action of anger, and basically did not take the country’s best  interest into consideration, but still the other face showed more sympathy, and people became pretty closer to each other because everyone of every sect condemned the assassination.

Lebanese people refused for the hidden agenda of the criminal to be applied, and despite all their differences, a lot of people stuck together and did not approve to drag this country to another civil war and a bigger division. These people refused the media deviations which each took their own point of view, and were angry yet calm enough to mourn the assassinated one peacefully, and give him the respect he deserves.


5 thoughts on “The other face of the Lebanese people

  1. I hope that level-headed and smart minds prevail in this situation. When tragedies occur, it can be easy for people to jump to conclusions and point the finger, leading to more violence. Do you think that you, and other educated people like you, will be able to stem the tide of growing sectarianism and violence? Or, do you think that small extreme groups will dominate the general public opinion and use it for their own ends?

    1. Educated people can stop this tide, but unfortunately some political and religious groups are doing their best to influence the opinion of young and educated people.

  2. If individuals of both sects despise the act of terror, then why do they continue to fight each other. If both sects truly understand who really is at fault, then why is there little action to stop these terrorist actors? I’m glad to see that there are people who want to cooperate and root out the evil, though what steps could they do to achieve a peaceful inclusive community?

  3. My friends back home always ask me: “How can you live in a country where there is so much sectarianism?” The truth is that the people i know at university in Lebanon are very friendly. I was able to make friends with people from different religious backgrounds, Sunni, Shiites, Christians and druze. It is very important to understand that not all people want to divide, many believe in the importance of being united. Thank you Farah for bringing this up!

  4. These random acts by individuals committing violent acts are the minority but it is unfortunate that they become the majority in the news. More coverage show be focused on the real majority of people in Lebanon who are wise and opposed to acts of anger. (like the people Ghada knows!)

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