Yet another slap in the face

It is no coincidence that a controversial ad produced in 2008 by Lowe Mena is again making the rounds on the Internet.

With each new day, the inflammatory rhetoric – which includes a deliberate effort by Hezbollah and March 8 alliance members to overthrow the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), and perhaps even the government – chokes the country with anxiety.

Will Lebanon once again spiral into sectarian violence? Will the national-unity government collapse?

Hezbollah vowed this week to block financing for the STL, the UN-backed court investigating the 2005 murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hairi.

Wednesday night, Tawhid Movement leader Wiam Wahhab went so far as to predict a new cabinet would be in place within the next three months and called on PM Saad Hariri to resign.

The Mena advertisement (posted below) is painful to watch. But then, I guess that’s the point.

It’s painful to watch the people of this country continually beaten down – morally, physically and emotionally. It’s painful to think that we all have a choice to make: we can participate in the politics of a few petty, power-hungry men who are destined to ruin this country with their ignoble ways, or we can choose to do nothing.

But we could also choose to fight back; not simply divorce ourselves from the discord, but actively take a stand against it, all of us, together. The most surprising thing about this video is *not* that people are getting slapped in the face over and over again, it’s that none of them put their arms up in self-defense.

They are victims, no doubt, but they are victims who in this very moment in time refuse to do anything to protect themselves.

“More than 200,000 victims. More than 3,700 car bombs. More than a million emigrated. And we still haven’t learned. Enough.”

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