How do you Get a Tired Man to Fight?

I just watched March 14’s event and listened to what they’re planning to do in reaction to the Alhassan murder. Here are my thoughts and reaction.

From headless chickens, to calm planners

Gone is the panicky and reactive tone and gone is the focus on the person of Najib Mikati. That last one is important and it makes all the difference to me. The focus on Mikati was wrong-headed and had more to do with Sunni politics and personal pride than strategic thinking. I’m glad they now realised that the focus should be on toppling the government and what it stands for, not the destruction and discrediting of the man heading it.

Unified front

There was speculation that some components of March 14 (notably Amin Gemayel) will succumb to the sirene call of “stability” and leave the gathering towards a position closer to that of Jumblat and Mikati. That didn’t happen. They presented a perfectly united and determined front.

Clear plan and objectives

The grouping now sounds more like an adult playing the game of politics than a child who is screaming “life is unfair”.

False choice

After I watched that event, I found myself adopting March 14′s point of view that this government has to go.

They turned me around. I had drifted to the centrist and stability camp, fearing the impetuousness of Hariri and holding my nose at Nadim Koteich’s senseless and irresponsible sensationalism[1] . It took time, but I’m now coming around the idea that the choice between chaos without a government and stability with a flawed government is a false choice. It is one that is based on fearmongering and the appeasement of a killing machine that wants to rule by intimidation.

So how do you get a tired man to fight? You present a plan and you communicate calm, resolve and unity. Today March 14′s leaders achieved all of that.

In Syria, some “moderates” and “stability” advocates believe that living under the tyranny of Assad –despite the fact that he’s bombing his own people with airplanes and heavy artillery– is better than what they have right now. They have decided to surrender to their killer because they believe they have no better alternatives. In Lebanon we now have a better alternative.


[1] I’m referring here to his role as main inciter for crowds to attack the Serail. I have no qualms against his journalistic work and I’m actually a fan of his DNA show.

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  • Dania

    They’d better foocus a lot more on the economy and how this gvt and becoz of the instability its actions(or lack thereof) entailed, has lead the country down the drain since it took office. Talk about ppl’s livelihoods and how the insecure lawless state of things. Its not just politics and hizz’s arms/syrian conflict. Lebs are more concerned abt feeding their kids and finding jobs. The gvt must go, ok, but who in M14 can guarantee another one will be formed if Walid Jumblat doesnt tag along?

  • qaph

    Obviously March 14 has changed its approch now. A big difference between what was said that sunday and what is said today. But, can a March 14 government make any change? If the killing machine has its new agenda will a Mach 14 dominant cabinet be able to stop assassinations? Can such a government really govern, or at least carry out its plans: can it control the borders, close the syrian embassy, stop drones, etc… without being interrupted by a new “May 7″?
    If the targets set by M14 are inconceivable and M14 (equally as M8) is still not adressing the actual problems of citizens, why should anyone support such a change? What is the difference in essence btween M14 and M8?

  • Rumi

    You make some very good points Moustapha, it might not be as simple as government=stability…

    But you left out one thing, the head of the government, and most parties involved, are willing to resign, they only ask that the different lebanese factions agree on an alternative first…

    If the government is toppled, wouldn’t they all have to agree on forming a new one in any case?

    And March 14 had the option of forming a neutral or technocrat government about two years ago, and refused ( considering the black shirts incident is irrelevant here I think).

    And they have yet to apologies for some of the huge mistakes they made, like Martyr El Hassan’s Funeral, and blaming Mikati for his death ( note that the martyr’s father clear mikati of any sins ).

    They have a lot of explaining to do if they want to regain my trust..

  • rubber ducky

    you being a fan of DNA says it all really. the most obnoxious pathetic attempt at copying john stewart, by an obnoxious unfunny man who goes on tirades and monologues… and you’re a fan.

  • fadi

    the real question is? do they have ANY cards they can play against that government?? it seems nasrallah burned their last strong card, and all they have to offer is speeches

  • Observer

    There is only one thing left to do.

    Hold a national referendum on the fate of Hezballaha’s weapons and let the people vote on it.

  • qaph

    Hold a referendum and then what? It is not the will of Lebanese that decides the fate of Hezbollah’s weapon.