Contrary to my prior plan, I went to university today. I never really go much anymore, since I only have one course left and it’s on business ethics. Needless to say that such a class doesn’t require much attendance to be comprehended; and with attendance at our university being optional, I decided to homeschool myself. Today, however, with the midterm exams being a few days away, I decided to visit my campus.
The sun glistened on my skin, sunk into my sunglasses, and hid behind my long sleeve hoodie. The blossomed flowers on the trees reeked with the smell of spiring as they danced in the light breeze. The buildings seemed different with the natural lighting of the season and the fresh air, not yet packed with summer’s dust and moisture, making me see things ever clearer.
Silence filled my ride to the buss station as the cab driver minded his own business. But then he turned on the radio. And I heard it — like hearing the announcement of the World War — the results of the Lebanese presidential elections. “Samir Gaegae, Samir Gaegae, Samir Gaegae… Blank paper.” The pattern repeated itself a few times before I descended the vehicle.
I thought I was about to witness history in the making, a president elected from the first session, and that president being Gaegae. When I got to my university, however, which is located in an area in which people oppose Gaegae, the fireworks informed me that I hadn’t witnessed anything historical today and that Gaegae was not elected.
Thinking about the current situation, I pondered about another name to nominate as president for this country. I couldn’t come up with any. See, elections in Lebanon don’t happen in the conventional way. The house of representatives elects the president, the president is always a Christian Maronite, he is most probably an expert in Lebanese politics, and has or is a part of a political party, allies and other members of which should be members in the house representatives.
When it comes to Samir Gaegae and, frankly speaking, every other name on the table, they all have experience in Lebanese politics for over 20 years. Unfortunately, that means that they were all participants in the Lebanese civil war and they are all warlords who made, and are still making, fortunes out of people’s misfortune and misery.
I can’t imagine these people representing my country and me in international venues. Most of those nominees will make a joke out of themselves if attempted to speak another language, one of them was in prison for murder and assassination, one is a complete nut job, all have been blatantly piercing holes in the wallets of citizens, and all of them have no idea what politics is — they’re mere tools for bigger opposing forces.
It’s obvious when I say “bigger forces” that I mean countries like the US, Russia, Iran… So, if Iran’s nominee wins the election, so to speak, that means that our country would be under the influence of Iranian policies in the area; and if a US nominee gets elected, our country would be directly influenced by the US policy in the area. In our world, unfortunately, there is no lesser of two evils.
If I know Lebanese politics well enough, and I think I do, I believe we will remain without a president for a while. Who cares anyway? People here don’t even notice his existence.