What if we continue ignoring the skeletons in our closets?
What if the policy of one-person’s-hero, another-person’s-traitor persists?
How long will it be before the children of the heroes from both sides re-live the heroic acts of their fathers and seek martyrdom for God, country and honor?
The passage of time alone cannot bring closure, nor resolve feelings of guilt or trauma for those affected by the events of the civil war (1975-1990) and its consequences or reasons. Simply forgetting what happened will not make the side-effects go away.
Unless the truth surrounding these events, and the ones that followed is honestly confronted, the suffering fully acknowledged, accountability established, and forgiveness and reconciliation facilitated, we will always be faced with the risk of a new civil war.
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The call for “dialogue” (Al-Hiwar) is good, but it will keep the problems and postpone them instead of solving them once and for all.
Anyone who has traveled on “old Saida highway”, which is the road separating Chiah from Ain el Rummaneh, and seen the amount of army personnel deployed there will understand what I mean. This same road was the “demarcation line” with two opposing factions fighting each other across it during the civil war.
The feuds and quarrels are rampant among teenagers and youngsters in schools these days, in addition to the universities. In some places, even children in middle school are involved, echoing the battle cries of their parents.
We need to confess our grievances and our guilt. We need to accept for once that we (by we I mean sects or whatever) are not infallible and that each one of us has done and can do wrong.
Otherwise the future is bleak.
Wa Al-salamu-a-ly-kome. (and Peace be upon you)