A Diamond’s Eye View of the World

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thoughts from the diaspora

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on November 27, 2007

The city I visited last week has a sizable Lebanese population, stretching back into the 1920s and 1930s. Saying that I live in Beirut proved to be a good conversation starter.

My parents came from Lebanon in the 1940s, one man in his early 60s told me. Its a beautiful country.

It certainly is, I agreed.

But this whole thing with the presidential election is so sad, he continued.

It certainly is, I agreed, again. Here was a man who not only liked Lebanon, but also knew its current state.

You know, he continued, in my mind there’s really only one man who they should choose.

Really? I asked, curious. Who?

Well, he said, there’s only one man who cares about the country and the people, rather than his own interests: Bashir.

Ahhh, I said.

Ergh. What does one say in these situations?

Option one: You know, I think its a bit late for him.

Option two: I’m not sure whether you heard, but he died in 1982.

Option three: I’m not sure that electing a dead man is really the best option for moving Lebanon forward.

Guessing that this was a simple case of mistaken identity, rather than an indictment of the country’s leading politicos, I chose Option four:

I think you may mean his brother, Amin.

Poor Amin – he’s been president in his own right, but even now he suffers from Jacob-Have-I-Loved syndrome. And even when he held court during the summer’s Metn elections, it was Geagea the crowd called for, not him.

And poor Lebanon, when even those who grow up in truly democratic states persist in believing that “sheikhly” families are the best suited to rule their ancestral home.

One Response to “thoughts from the diaspora”

  1. intlxpatr said

    Tonight, we went to an Afghani restaurant with Sporty Diamond and her sweet family, and we all wished you could be there with us. You would have loved it!

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