The army is being deployed in Tripoli, Northern Lebanon this morning. Clashes between Alawites (Pro-Bashar) and Sunnis (anti-Bashar) broke out late last night and has continued through out the day.
As i write this the clashes are still ongoing in Tripoli between the two part...political par....group....militias yes i think i will stick with militias.
A militia is defined as any armed group operating outside the Governments elected bodies. In other words, a bunch of people with guns who answer to some ideological "leader". This is exactly what is going on in Tripoli right now, two militias, both with completely opposite ideologies are going at it.
However i do not blame them, how can a government claim to be legitimate when they are not sovereign over their own territory? How can armed groups even allowed to exist? Granted Lebanon is a democracy and all that equality liberal crap, yet please show me where it says in our constitution that citizens and non-citizens are allowed to bear arms and engage in skirmishes whenever they see fit.
I blame the government (be it March 8 or March 14), they are both equally responsible since none of them took any steps to quell such events. No new laws were introduced against owning heave weapons, the National Army is not being strengthened, the Police is still as corrupt as the Civil War era.
|Armed Man taking up position|
|Running for Cover|
How can we as Lebanese expect to grow as a people and as an individual. Looking at the pictures from todays events, reminds me of Nahr El Bared where Islamists took it upon themselves to attack the Lebanese Army. What happened, a few were killed while others were jailed (later escaped). Yet nothing was done to avoid such events re-occurring and then you have what happened today, armed groups going at it and disregarding the National Army and National Laws.
To re-cap, idiots fighting among each other in Tripoli, Lebanese Army unable to quell the fighting, Politicians accusing each other but doing nothing productive, most Lebanese think this is normal and will blow over, most expats think war has broken out again (due to media and citizens exaggerations). Enjoy the few photos i was able to get courtesy of @jeanassy.
So today i will offer something new, unbecoming of me, i will try to help our Government. I will demonstrate through a simple equation why things are going wrong and what is needed for things to go right.