Ziad Makhoul should be behind bars

I’m sorry but with a title like this “Va, venge et deviens”, you should be locked and kept away from causing public nuisance. This is a simple call to gratuitous physical violence that involves some transcendental experience. I seriously don’t understand how nobody checks on what this guy writes. Does it mean that no one is averagely sane at French-colonialist-nostalgics L’Orient le jour?

And then, to add insult to injury the guy shows his profound stupidity (so “bête et méchant as we say in French), and quotes high references like… Jumblatt: “L’État est notre unique protection”. Nowhere is ideological construction clearer than when Jumblatt who never had any ‘public’ use of ‘the state’, use the state as a tool to protect his chair, and yet Makhoul really thinks that Jumblatt has in mind a whole set of practices that involves the state as the provider of public interest.

Third, is his horrible romantic narrative style. And when assassinations and killings are involved as is often the case in our lovely piece of paradise called Lebanon, it just creates the lousiest prose:

Est-ce qu’il est possible de reconstruire, de restaurer l’État sur les cadavres mutilés des deux Ziad, sachant que dans le cas contraire, cela équivaudrait non seulement à les assassiner ad vitam, mais surtout à reculer pour, un jour ou l’autre, finalement, mieux sauter, mieux reproduire la barbarie, mieux se dissoudre, mieux faire exploser tout un pays ? Est-ce qu’il est possible d’expliquer à ceux qui, naturellement, légitimement, ne rêvent que de se venger que la plus belle, la plus parfaite des vengeances serait justement la réaffirmation de cet État, son règne, son avènement tous pores ouverts : loi, droit, devoirs ?

These are uselessly loaded terms you can use in all situations. What is the objective of that? Brainwash and reach the audience in their deepest ethical foundations.
And he calls Walid Jumblatt’s erratically schizophrenic (between one glass of whisky and another) statement compounded a “travail éminemment pédagogique”, and a “œuvre civique”…

For this half-brain, the State is just “justice” and “truth”. Well good luck with building a state I guess… I also guess that the idea that an ‘international tribunal’, (i.e. another-worldly settling of accounts) is the only thing that can purify, cleanse (tahir, طهر) the system. This is but one fascist ideal that this guy goes by (he is just one among so many agitators that thinks a ‘tribunal’, or a ‘battle for the truth’ as a priority for all the country’s ills is going to change anything to the situation).

This is what he has to write on the assassinations of PSP officials’ kids:

Ils s’en seraient bien passés, mais les deux Ziad, de là où ils sont, sont désormais devenus la conscience du Liban. Une conscience éternelle, impitoyable, impossible à étouffer, accomplie, plus forte que tous ses probables futurs fossoyeurs – et il y en a(ura)… Maigre mais somptueuse consolation.

Do you think he wrote the same about the kids that died during the Israeli murderous adventure of the summer (he first has to think that they have a conscience)? Do you think he wrote the same about those who were shot cowardly in the back during the Beirut Arab University debacle of this winter? About those who were shot at and killed during the demonstrations against the policies of the State (that is captured by a group of oligarch he cherishes so much), thanks to the careful plans of extremely disturbed LF leader and professional killer Samir Geagea (who he admires so much)? If you do, then think again.

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One thought on “Ziad Makhoul should be behind bars

  1. Wow. That was quite the prose. In my world, it is called “literary masturbation” whereby the insecure Lebanese writes lengthy and pointless drivel to show off the few complicated words he learned at Jammhour.

    I’m too put off by the language to pay attention to the meaning of it all and maybee that is good.
    or maybe the madamet of Ashrafieh will print this out and read it to their friends and weep over their sobhieh pastries before going to the hairdresser to look haute for their lunch party.

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