Impotence and Accountability of Lebanon's Political Establishment.
By: Etienne Sacre (Abu Arz)‎ President of the Guardians of the Cedars Party
Posted on November 7/06

Can the Lebanese People Hold their Impotent Politicians Accountable?‎

If the objective of the politicians from their sharp divisions and heated arguments is to push the ‎country to another cycle of violence, they have indeed succeeded in achieving this goal since the ‎political scene looks very bleak, tensions are high, and everyone fears a return of trouble and an ‎explosive deterioration of security as the creation of the international court nears.‎

As for the call by the Speaker of Parliament to a roundtable of consultations to contain the tension, it is ‎in the opinion of everyone a call to a new distraction to add to the preceding distraction of the National ‎Dialogue. It is in fact an admission of the failure of the latter whose decisions were never ‎implemented. It would be foolish to believe that a mere substitution of the word “consultation” for the ‎word “dialogue” will disentangle the intractable disagreements between the opponents, and that is why ‎the Lebanese people are looking at the coming months with fear and anxiety, particularly when they ‎do not trust the State’s ability to protect them in their lives and their livelihoods.‎

The question on everyone’s mind in Lebanon is: If the power establishment people are able to protect ‎themselves by increasing the security detail around them and using armored cars, who will protect the ‎ordinary citizens from road side bombs and booby-trapped cars planted by terrorists? How can the ‎citizen trust a State that no only is impotent at protecting him, but is impotent at uncovering the ‎criminals that attack him? And so he asks: What happened to the investigation into the assassination of ‎Gibran Tueni, George Haoui, Samir Kassir and others? And is it acceptable that crimes of such ‎magnitude and files of such crucial nature be relegated to hush up and suppression? Doesn’t this ‎cowardly behavior encourage the criminals to persisting in their crimes? And what about the rest of ‎the criminals who have sowed death and destruction in the capital and frivolously gambled with ‎people’s lives and livelihoods? Where is the wisdom in keeping their names under cover?‎

And how can the Lebanese citizen trust a State that has delivered nothing yet on what it promised in ‎its ministerial statement, not in security, not in services, not in improving the administration and ‎fighting corruption. How can he trust a State that does not have the decision of war and peace, but ‎instead acts like an ostrich or like a cheated husband who is the last one to know about vital decisions ‎that determine the future of the country and its people? A State that is impotent at subjugating the ‎outlaw security zones under its own authority, and that shows its muscles in applying the law only ‎against harmless citizens while yielding to the more powerful citizens? ‎

We hope that this difficult phase will go by in peace, but the regime has to realize that it should stop ‎playing the victim and begin assuming its full constitutional responsibilities, which means it has to ‎choose between two things: Either it resigns if it is impotent, or it should stand in a court of law if it is ‎negligent. There is no third option before it. It is simply no longer acceptable to fool around with ‎people’s lives without accountability. ‎

N.B: Arabic version was issued on October ‎‏27‏‎, ‎‏2006‏