Sectarianism, Indibat, and Much More

So Aoun the “secular” has finally said what his grand plan is, has been all along: correcting the sectarian balance after it was shifted against the Christians. He clearly said: that is all there is to it, nothing more, nothing less. He also said that this should not cause any worries amongst the Sunnis or Druze or Shi’a. Dear Lebanese, I hope you will enjoy your General’s secularism.

Today I went down town to check out the mood there. There was supposed to be a student gathering at 3 pm, and I was down there around 1 pm, and stayed until 2:30 pm. It was unusually calm, and there were significantly less “indibat” (crowd control) guys around. Around 2 pm people started flooding in; I was walking around when, all of a sudden, 2 guys appeared out of nowhere in front of me (a distance of 2 meters), and were at each other’s throats. I had my camera ready to take a shot but hesitated to, as I thought the indibat guys who appeared in a matter of seconds, would not like it. What amused me was that however much the people standing around tried to control one of the guys, he would not calm down, until the indibat guy appeared. There were actually 2 of them, and it took only 2 seconds for one of them to bring the situation under control. 1 look was all that was required. The indibat guy wasn’t even using his hands to restrain. He stood right in front of the guy, and gave him one look, one really cold, scarily calm, but very piercing look. And the situation was under control.

Moving on, a woman probably in her late 50s approached me, asking me where STARCO was. Hmm, good question.๐Ÿ™‚ I have been to STARCO a great many times; it is actually home to the Ministry of Administrative Reform Reversal. But I could not, for the life of me, orient myself at that instant. I told her it’s probably quite a long (unwalkable) distance. She then asked me if I was not from Beirut; I told her I was not (well I don’t live in Beirut), and told her where I came from; she said, “welcome, welcome.” She then said that she was from the Beqa’a but she lived in the south. I really love the fact that so many people from different walks of life and different backgrounds are interacting like this (outside of party politics and discussions); I know many people who have not met anyone outside of Beirut or Mount Lebanon; in some areas, if a veiled woman is spotted (I know, I know, I speak the language of witchhunts), people go wondering, hmm, what is she doing here? Here where? Here, here in Marounistan, oh yes indeed in Aounistan (I repeat myself). But, to inject some positivism into it, I have been spotting some curiosity among the crowds, from people of all ages, veiled or not, bearded or not. But sometimes it gets you wondering, why are they looking at me like that? Is my hair sticking up or something? Today they got me wondering. Seriously.

16 responses to “Sectarianism, Indibat, and Much More

  1. I am missing the point here. Talk to me like I’m a 3 year old, dude.

  2. you were there in the mashkal? i was also there at the same time!! and i had my camera, and a security officer DID come up and wanted to see if i took a pic of the fight (that stopped in two seconds).

  3. Hey Lazarus!! What a coincidence.๐Ÿ˜€

    Yes, I was like 2 meters away from it, I was standing there (alone) and didn’t move, I just stood there and watched.๐Ÿ˜€ I had my camera in my hand too but was pretty sure they would not like it if I took a pic.๐Ÿ™‚

    Did you find out what the issue was? I didn’t ask anyone.

  4. Starco is actually the capital of four ministries + the ever disgustingly time wasting High Relief Commission (actually next week I am going there myself :P)

    Ba3daina, Haydi Marounstan, I wonder from where you got it๐Ÿ˜‰ ya fat-hha

    mwa mwa mwa
    MFL

  5. Eh, mn wein jbt el Marounistan? Ma ba3ref sara7a, sem3eta ktir, bas ma betzakkar wein. Ya3ni fi copyright 3laiha?๐Ÿ˜› Halla2 Neruda byeji bi2elli hayda plagiarism. Yemken ken lezem a3mil citation.๐Ÿ˜›

  6. Wow. You’re too afraid of Hizbullah to take pictures of a fist fight? That’s a democracy I can’t wait to see…

  7. Afraid? I don’t think so. The fight was not a big fight, it was between two “kids”, it was not a case of police brutality or anything; I have taken pictures of police brutality elsewhere, in the West, and have had my rolls confiscated, you would be surprised how much more “civilized” we are over here compared to the law enforcement authorities in the West that you boast of.

    Moreover, what does that have to do with democracy?

  8. Ana,

    why did you hesitate to take a picture?

  9. Bodhi – no reason in specific, but at that particular moment I was just trying to see what was going on, and probably wouldn’t have been able to shoot them anyway because it lasted for a very short while, a period of 30 seconds if not less. So it was more a split-second decision, and I went with my gut feeling at that moment.

  10. “Yes, I was like 2 meters away from it, I was standing there (alone) and didnโ€™t move, I just stood there and watched. I had my camera in my hand too but was pretty sure they would not like it if I took a pic.”

    “no reason in specific, but at that particular moment I was just trying to see what was going on, and probably wouldnโ€™t have been able to shoot them anyway because it lasted for a very short while, a period of 30 seconds if not less. So it was more a split-second decision, and I went with my gut feeling at that moment.”

    Hmmm.

  11. Tired-

    4 letters is not exactly enough to convey one’s thoughts.

    Please elaborate.

    Thank you.

  12. Just seemed like the second explanation of the situation did exactly jibe with the first is all. I, too, got the impression you were afraid to take the photo from your exchange with Lazarus. I thought “Hmmm” was fairly eloquent and evocative, actually.

    And you’re welcome.

  13. la2 u can use that word ..matter of fact …i have decided to drop the rules of english off u this week since ur exposing how backward hizbollah is (and his chief ally…aoun)
    Peace

  14. ูˆู„ูƒ ูŠุง ู†ูŠุฑูˆุฏุง ุดูˆ ุจูŠูƒ. ุงู† ุดุงุก ุงู„ู„ู‡ ู…ุด ูˆู„ูŠุฏ ุจูŠูƒ. ู„ุฃู†ู‘ูˆ ุงู„ุฒู„ู…ุฉ ูƒุชูŠุฑ ุชู‚ุฏู‘ู…ูŠ ูˆู‡ูŠูƒ… ูˆุงู„ุญุฒุจ ูˆุนูˆู† ู‡ู†ู‘ูŠ ุนูƒุณ ุนู…ู‘ูˆ ูˆู„ูŠุฏ. ุงูŠุŒ ูˆุดูˆ ูƒู…ุงู†ุŸ ุขู‡ ุตุญูŠุญุŒ ู†ุณูŠุช ุชุชู‘ู‡ู…ู†ูŠ ูƒู…ุงู† ู…ุฑู‘ุฉ ุจูƒูˆู†ูŠ “8 ุขุฐุงุฑ”. ุงู„ุญู‚ูŠู‚ุฉุŒ ูƒู„ู‘ ุงู„ุญู‚ูŠู‚ุฉ (ูˆู…ุง ุจุชุนุฑู ุงุฏูŠุด ุจุญุจู‘ ุงู„ุญู‚ูŠู‚ุฉุŒ ูู…ุง ุชุดุบู‘ู„ ุจุงู„ูƒุŒ ุงู†ุง ู…ุน ุงู„ุญู‚ูŠู‚ุฉ ู…ู† ุฃุฌู„ ู„ุจู†ุงู†) ู‡ูŠ ุฃู†ู†ูŠ ุขุฐุงุฑูŠุฉ ุงุฐุง ู…ุง ูƒู†ุช ุนุงุฑูุŒ ุนุดุงู† ู‡ูŠูƒ ุจูƒุฑู‡ ูƒู„ู‘ ุงู„ุญูƒูŠ ุนู† 8-14 ุขุฐุงุฑุŒ ู„ุฃู†ู‘ูˆ ุจุดูˆู‘ู‡ ุตูˆุฑุฉ ุงู„ุขุฐุงุฑูŠูŠู† ุงู„ุญู‚ูŠู‚ูŠูŠู†. ูˆุงู†ุชูŽ ู…ูŠู†ุŸ ุงู†ุชูŽ ุดูˆุŸ ุฃูƒูŠุฏ ู…ุด ุขุฐุงุฑูŠ ุญู‚ูŠู‚ูŠ.๐Ÿ˜›

  15. So what’s the deal with SSNP? TNT in underground hideouts. PM’s supposedly implicated in attempted assasinations? Are they the “fall guys” or the Syrian hit men?

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