Friday, December 02, 2011

From Lebanon, Happy National Day UAE

Today, I went on Facebook and Twitter as I do everyday since this is part of what I do, and I saw many posts & tweets from my friends who live in UAE congratulating UAE for their 40 years as today is UAE National Day. And they weren't only congratulating them, they were thanking them for everything it has given them and some even called it their second home. If I look further, maybe it would be a first home for some.

I don't think these people are hypocrites, not at all. These people sought an opportunity when it comes to careers, and these people sought stability, which Lebanon cannot seem to offer.

Before Lebanese rednecks come bash me, I love Lebanon, if I didn't I wouldn't have lived all my life in Lebanon and have this blog and please don't let me elaborate, I hope you're smart enough to realize it on your own. But, I did visit UAE 3 times already and I am going for the 4th time next week. And I saw it, I saw security, opportunity, order, every restaurant and shop and outlet and franchise you can think of, calm, no ugly political fights, no bickering, just people living their lives, I saw laws being applied, I saw clean roads, a metro system and great public transportation... I did not see many locals but that's up to them.

Lebanon has more than Tabbouleh, Dabkeh and Hommos of course. We have that coziness in our streets, the history, the old sense into it. However, my sole purpose of this post is that, 22 November was only 10 days ago, and did you see any Lebanese thanking Lebanon for security? stability? economy? career opportunities? great roads? While today, we see Lebanese expats living in UAE thanking UAE for giving them things Lebanon was not able to give them.

There will definitely be comments such as "Stop blaming the government and do something about it". Yes, we want to do something about it, and doing something about something starts with talking about it! So we are here to talk, to point things out and try to see how we can make a difference. Some say this can be done on election day in 2013, while we get to vote for new ministers who are qualified enough to transmit our voices to the parliament in a proper way and who are not there for the glamour and money of it. I agree... To vote for new ministers though, we need new good ones to run for candidacy.. I'd like to see bloggers and youth out there.

8 comments:

  1. "I saw laws being applied" [I'd add "upheld" and "respected"] as additional action verbs, since a person can apply a law, only to use it to serve their own agendas.

    And to translate from Arabic, "the weakest of faith" is to check out how Dubai police have a plan to reduce death toll from traffic accidents down from current levels to a certain binary number, not 1, but ZERO. [http://www.emirates247.com/news/dubai-police-target-zero-accident-deaths-2011-08-18-1.413953].

    A country will not (and cannot) rise up until it can provide for its citizens a secure environment, where (list not mutually exclusive by the way)
    (1) Security and stability are not dictated by the whims of thugs,
    (2) Justice and law are the overhanging arch under which all citizens take shade (check out the result of the recently released Global Corruption Index [http://cpi.transparency.org/cpi2011/results/#CountryResults] and Lebanon (at 134) ranks, Lo and behold against general perception, below even Syria (129), so comparing it to the UAE (at 28th place) would be just sad, and
    (3) A citizen feels that the government is working for him/her, for his/her comfort, and not against the citizen. Cases in point in the UAE (the stellar public transport system, mobile government services buses, etc)

    Those are my two cents (probably a bit more) on the topic. However I do agree that we need the youth to power their way into the system, however abysmal it is; for to get rid of the sewage, one needs to get down and dirty to install the pipes, network and appropriate systems (pardon the crude metaphor but I believe it serves its purpose). By maintaining the current network of thuggery and kleptarchy (interesting term I picked up from here [http://www.umairhaque.com/2011/11/neofeudal-devolution.html]), a citizen cannot instill change. We owe it to our futures to disengage from “business as usual”, and having witnessed this with you lovely folks, things are, God-willing, on track.

    God bless
    MS

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  2. Thanks a lot Mohamad for your comment, very insightful, logical and puts things on track. Fingers crossed for making a change to this country :)

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  3. Spot on, I am thankful for everything the UAE has given from the day I landed here. 5 years and counting...
    Before that I was in Lebanon for 26 years, and what am I thankful for? Having an airport in Beirut so I can leave.

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  4. The Lebanese government answered you by cutting the electricity 8 hours per day! Thanks Lil :P

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  5. Bechara yeah it's my fault :P ma fi gheir tansa bil jeish hehe

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  6. Although I agree with what you say, especially your last two sentences; I can't help but point out that we should always remember that our land Lebanon was abused by its own people. We are the ones who elected and keep on electing the same bunch of arses, and trust me in 2013 you will witness the exact same. Change will only come (if ever) through education first. Why not put aside the first Thursday (or any day)of every month and take to the streets (very peacefully) with a different demand or grievance per month. You are the youth (and the future) of this country and technologically savy, use your skills and contacts and rally yourselves around basic causes to start with such as Electricity, clean water, retirement fund, medical care,...etc.
    Talking about the problem is no longer enough, now is a time of action!

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