A Lebanese Political Screw


I feel for our Lebanese politicians. They have needs just like the rest of us. They have urges too. After all they’re human beings born from the same fabric into the same society of which we breathe into and exhale.

To the spouses of the politicians, I address you in particular and I say this unto you: “Our politicians need a good screw. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It is the most humane thing you can do.

Please just get a good long sturdy nail & hammer and screw them onto a wall at home, and make sure they never make it to the parliament.”

The way I see it, it’s either the few get screwed one time or an entire population gets screwed possibly forever.

Of course my suggestion is with utmost respect to all.

Raghid Khalil 

Spying on us U.S.?


So they’re spying … big deal!

ImageLately, that’s all we hear about on the news, how the US is spying on almost everyone on earth, even its closest allies. Well to reassure everyone, the USA just like any other country is also spying on its own people. In other words, they are employing the “equal spying opportunity” and that is something anyone spied on should feel proud of and should take advantage of.

But I am still not happy about that for one main reason. A few days ago I got the flu, and I was shivering in my bed with a high fever. I couldn’t even make it to the kitchen to prepare myself a soup or even get my own medication. Did they check up on me? No. Did they send me any medication? No. Did they at least send me a “get well soon, card”. No, Nothing. I got nothing from anyone. Yet we both know that they know I was sick.

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That same night, my one year old son started crying in the middle of the night, in his own crib. I felt helpless towards him. I wanted to go pick him up, but I couldn’t for two reasons, I was extremely sick, and I didn’t want to spread my virus or whatever I had on to my son; but I expected uncle Sam who spends sleepless nights watching us and over us to at least send in a Nanny to soothe my child back into sleep. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen either.

Now tell me, am I asking for too much here? Isn’t that why they are spying on us? Isn’t it to provide us care when we need it the most?

I am a bit disappointed to be honest with you, but I will keep on giving them another chance since I have no other option. With that being said, I could really use a hand with the laundry. If only someone was listening closely …

 

Raghid Khalil 

 

Hit List


Fotor0524101740If every Lebanese was asked to write down the names of five people he/she would like to see dead before the end of the day, knowing that their request would be granted, I guarantee you that the following morning we will wake up to a country with not one politician left. Now one might think that every Lebanese person hates the entire political crew, but this is where you’d be wrong. They only hate the parties that do not represent their religion and sect in particular. If they have it their way, they would rather eliminate any obstacle or in this case any other party that stands in their affiliation’s way.

Being a Lebanese myself, I think I can somehow project how the majority of Lebanese think.

Here it goes, if I have a list of Five:

To begin with, I will keep two names aside just in case something arises at a later point. Those would be like the Jokers in a deck of cards that I can use whichever way I want and whenever I please.

So now I am left with three names to write down.

I can’t just go ahead and write down the names of the high ranking politicians, because one way or another it would be redundant for I am sure someone else will have them on their list. Why one might ask? Simply because that person might have had a project that was turned down, or was asked for some percentage in return for a simple signature on a form. I guess you get the point; these officials have their own haters.

So those high ranking ones will be cleared out by others, if not, that’s where my two jokers will come into play. I would only need to choose only two names simply because any Lebanese will select only two of the top three but never all three at the same time.

Next we’re left with the parliament members. There are only a few of them compared to the 4 million people in Lebanon and the remaining 6 million outside of Lebanon who have a list of 3 blank names left, which makes up around 30 million variations provided they all keep two names as backup jokers. But we all know that the Lebanese don’t trust each other. So even if you write a name down, another person will definitely write it down too, just because you can’t be too careful and it’s better to be safe than not. It’s like double checking.

Since the Lebanese are known to be very smart, they know better not to waste their time with a name of a politician that represents a section, a city or a village other than theirs because they know for a fact someone from that area will get to the name, so they try to keep it local.

If however, the politician that represents them has won the last election and is currently a parliamentary member, they would then write the names of his 3 top members of the opposing party. If their representative failed in the last election, then it goes without saying that the currently serving will make it to their list.

Fotor0524101536In some cities and villages or sections of Lebanon, there is an overwhelming majority of one party. Of course those choosing the names wouldn’t wish anything bad to their leaders, so they will start writing down the names of the leaders of the opposing parties.

So far, we have the top 3 positions eliminated, then the leaders of all the parties, then all the parliament members as well as their next in line or their competitors. But what about the politicians that still exist, those we barely hear their voices or see their faces, they could very well surface when the dust settles?

Again, the Lebanese have a solution for that. And with that solution comes money. So just like money floats around during the election season, money will start playing an important role. You will see people filling out the list  of five names and will actually buy a couple more lists from people who are financially in need. They would manipulate their cousins and family members to fill out names they haven’t selected themselves. After all it seems like they want to diversify their lists.  That way, they can surely get a goodnight sleep knowing that every name they can think of, gets shot, stabbed, or blown up.

The end result will be a new day with no politicians, but the question remains, how long before we see the same flags being raised again and a new government with new names being formed? If I were to answer that, I would say before sunset of that same day, because our governments are not formed within, they come pre-packaged and poorly wrapped from the different corners of the world.

Raghid Khalil

Human Nature


Why are people in constant conflict?

Religion: That is the first thing that comes to people’s mind. My religion is the right one and yours is not, I am going to heaven and you are not.
Let us assume for a moment that we are all born into one religion. Even better, let us eliminate the existence of sects within a religion. Now we’re all the same. We shouldn’t have to have any conflict right? Wrong.

Race: You do realize that we are still different because of our race, you’re of a color and I am of another. And my color is superior to yours.
Fine let us assume that we’re all the same race, one color and you pick it if you want to.

Politics: It’s true we might believe in the same religion and that we’re of the same race, but my country is a stronger country than yours. We have missiles and you don’t, we went to space and you didn’t.
Good point, let us remove the invisible borders, and let us assume for a moment that we all share one country and it’s called earth. So if you went to the moon, then we all did.

Language: I can’t believe people speak such languages or such dialects, well if only you could speak the same way I do, wouldn’t that be better, at least we could communicate.
Again, for the sake of argument, let us agree that we all have one spoken language and one dialect. After all we’re trying to diffuse any possible tension that may arise.

What about money, I made my first million when I was 30 and you still work from 9 to 5 trying to keep the food on your table.
Excellent point, but again for argument’s sake we all make the same exact money. As a matter of fact, we all have jobs that are equally satisfying, with the same exact benefits; Doctors and teachers all make the same dollar amount. You know what? I take that back. No one gets paid in money, they all have cookie cutter homes and they all receive food on daily basis. The reason they work is for fun. So having a million or a billion dollars means nothing, because no one deals with money anymore.

By now, one would think we have eliminated every possible way a human being might come up with as an excuse to start a conflict. Unfortunately we are far from being there.
– I am 6 feet tall and you are not. I have muscles and you don’t, I have this and you have that.
– I have 5 kids and you have four.
– I am a man and you’re a child.
– I am a boy and you are a girl.

The question is? When does it all end? This goes to show you that even if we try to manipulate the things that we possibly can, the human being will never thrive except on things that makes him feel a step ahead of another. It’s human nature to step on another cause that’s the only way to get closer to what they believe to be success.

It’s a vicious circle; no matter where you start the end result is the same, “conflict”. People got so used to being in conflict that they even created the word “conflict of interest” . Then they moved up a notch in their level of conflict, “conflicting ideas”, “working through our conflicts” etc.. They even created a “conflict resolution research” which ironically involves “Conflict Management” .

I’m sure some of you will object to it and might stir up some conflicting counter arguments, and to that I apologize in advance. As a matter of fact I urge you to forget about having read this article. Just assume it doesn’t exist and things are as normal as you have always been used to them being. This never happened. Listen to my voice,. I will now start counting backward. When I reach “one” you will be fully awake:
Five : You are now in a state of shock at what you have read, but you believe it makes sense.
Four: You somehow start feeling more at ease and believe you should have a different outlook on life and things around you.
Three: You are getting closer and closer to reality, but you’re not afraid anymore, and you have nothing to show off but your purity.
Two: You are now re-emerging , and you feel great. You are an equal.
One: You are now fully awake and present with us. Welcome to life.

— Raghid Khalil Khalil

Words Revisited


We often hear some words and before we know it, we start using them and they become an integral part of our vocabulary, simply because we never stopped for a moment to actually think about what we’re saying. Most probably this will offend some people but those that can read with their cognitive dimensions will somehow relate to what I have to say.

We have been so keen on being so politically correct in every word we use, but did we ever stop to consider who’s dictating what’s politically correct and what’s not? Aren’t they the same people that introduced the political incorrectness, the ones correcting what once was incorrect?

For instance, let me start with the word “African American” what are we trying to say here? You’re not 100% American? Or you’re American by citizenship only? What makes a white person “American” without being labeled as “European American” or “something American”. After all, less than 300 hundred years ago, there were no Americans. People were flocking from all over the world, and almost all of the current residents of the United States of America know exactly what country they originated from, yet they’re white and Americans, but for the sake of being politically correct, we use the word “African American” even for those that have never stepped a foot in Africa and most probably will never. So when we say African American, how many of us are aware that Africa is a continent and it has several Arabic speaking countries. So are we labeling them as Arabs, or it is Africa the non-Arab speaking part? This isn’t my fight… I am simply saying: stop trying to be politically correct especially when you’re doing no one a favor.

As for the second word, which I really have a hard time understanding, is “Anti-Semite.” Anti is the opposite of pro, and Semite surely we all know what its meaning, or do we? Unfortunately, I would have to say that the majority of people have no clue what Semite means, and it is being used randomly to the extent that in many cases it stopped making any sense. I won’t try to be politically correct on this subject as much as I will try to be “historically correct”. History plays an important role in shaping our behavior, with that being said, history can be distorted to achieve certain gains, nonetheless those that are seeking the truth can and will find it. The way I see it, you have two choices, the first is “monkey see, monkey do” which is not the most reliable source and the second one is “Monkey hears, monkey intrigued, monkey investigates, and monkey reaches answers” . I think I like the latter one best.

So what does history tell us? In a nutshell, Noah who is known for his ark and the flood, jump started human life, otherwise we wouldn’t exist today. Noah had three sons, Japheth, Shem (A.K.A Sem or Sam), and Ham. The figure of interest is Sem because that’s where it all started. The Semites are practically the descendants of Sem. So who are those people? Are those people of only one specific faith? Or are they genealogically the descendants of that person of whom they happen to carry his name? Logically speaking, it should be the genealogy which means that his descendants could be of any faith or even faithless if that’s what they have chosen. One primary interesting fact is that Arabic and Hebrew are both considered to be two of the Semitic languages, and people from the Middle East are mainly of Semitic origin. So the next time the word anti-Semitic is being used against a middle eastern stop and think what is really being said here “you are anti-you.”

Why is “Fat” so offensive and “Skinny” not? Just like an overweight person finds it difficult to lose weight, a skinny person finds it difficult to put on weight. In some countries being overweight is a sign of wealth, where food is abundant, whereas being skinny is no more than being poor. How could you explain to a person that you envy him or her for having such a skinny figure in those places? Again, stop for a moment and think about what you’re saying. Now if you are living in your own cocoon and your politically correct and incorrect terms apply only to your surrounding then you are in for a big surprise. Borders tend to be static, but the world is dynamic far more than you can imagine.

— Raghid Khalil

Polticians


What scares you the most?

Drugs,  Alcohol,  Trafficking, Crimes, etc..

Politics! That’s what scares me the most.  We have our beloved politicians, that we run to the voting booths all over the world to elect the best ones to represent us. But doesn’t it scare you to know that drug dealers, traffickers and criminals have the same right to vote? doesn’t it creep you out, to know that the politicians you have elected to represent you and whom you have identified yourself with, have also been elected by those you are trying to eliminate?

From the way I see it, our politicians are a subset of both the “frightened voter” and the “feared voter”.  I wonder who has more influential power.

Let me put it this way; we still have drug dealers, trafficking is still ongoing, criminals are everywhere and of course alcohol has been legalized after years of war against “Al Capone”.

Something to think about.

— Raghid Khalil