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I have a one-month vacation before moving to my new job in Dubai, so I visited my grandmother’s house yesterday, she was watching LBC Drama.

Today, I had nothing to do as well, so I passed by her, and again, she is watching LBC Drama.

I am not a fan of TV usually, the only thing I watch is football and I use it for PlayStation.

So after asking a bit about this channel, it turned out that it only puts Arabic/Syrian/Turkish series.

As most of you know, those series are addictive to those who watch them, which for me is not a problem, since I am myself addicted to watching football for example, some American series, etc… The problem with LBC Drama is that people are getting hooked to it the whole day.  I mean I watch football on weekends, and midweek only when Champions League games are being played. I can’t imagine myself watching series the whole day, specially that kind of series. We, in Lebanon, need more educational series, brain teasing series. The last thing we want is dramatic series. All you see on local television those days are political shows and dramatic and movies.

All local TV stations belong to politicians, and they are doing a great job brain washing the youth of Lebanon. When I was at the Lebanese American University I used to get amazed on how “friends” during the year stop talking when elections come as they “belong” to different political parties.

LBC Drama is owned by LBCI which is owned by the Lebanese Forces. A political party that is one of the “liberal” parties in Lebanon who should be enlightening people and opening their minds. So instead of getting them hooked to drama, maybe it is time to get them hooked on science, civil rights, business, etc…

We, as a country, will not go forward as long as politicians runs our lives.

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Yesterday, on March 17, 2013, and around 9:30 pm, 2 Sunni Cheikhs got beaten after the Isha Prayer on their way home by a number of outlaws. Outlaws is the least that can be said about them. Those are idiots brainwashed by their leader to do their dirty things. But this is not the point of this post. The point is that stupider people from the other sect of the Muslim religion (Sunnis) went on to start havoc in the streets of Beirut, with rumors saying that they were screaming their lungs out asking for a “Jihad”. For those who do not know, NO ONE can call for a “Jihad” except for the Mufti himself in the absence of the “Khalifa”. So those idiots will not be doing God a favor whatsoever.

Things did not stop here, the problem is that the whole country got all angry and excited about the two cheikhs being beaten labeling it as “touching the holy” that no one took notice of innocent civilians being beaten yesterday in the streets of Beirut.

A friend of mine, YZ (I will mention only his initials) got stopped on the street near Sodeco Square by a gang of armed men who asked him where he was from. When they knew from his answers that he was a “Chiite” they started to beat him, damaged his car and took his phone then left him on the street in his blood. The WORST part is that the LEBANESE ARMY were standing on the side watching this man getting beaten just because of the way he prays. Note that that man may have different political views than the ones of Hizbollah for example, but regardless, if he is a Chiite, then he is not one of them, then he is entitled to the “punishment”.

Now let me make one thing clear, I myself, am a Sunni living in Lebanon (unfortunately) and this by NO MEANS mean that I accept what those men did. And more people than you think agree with me and don’t care for the religion or sect of other people. We want to live in peace, I don’t care if my neighbor is a Sunni, a Chiite, a Catholic, a Jew or even a Buddhist. The way people pray is their issue and is none of my problem.

Politicians go on preaching about the civil war, and how we should avoid it while they are themselves the ones putting the wood in the fire to ignite it more. And by politicians, I mean ALL politicians, those from March 8 and those from March 14. All of them are preaching, but none is doing anything to stop it. And would really like from the Minister of Internal Affairs to also give orders to those who beat my friend because they are no any better than the ones who beat the two Cheikhs. Both groups deserve the highest level of punishment.

As for our dear Lebanese Army. Please, next time you see a Lebanese citizen getting beaten, please interfere and help him out, he pays your salaries with his taxes.

Finally, I would like to wish my friend a speedy recovery and wish that those who beat him are brought to justice, something that I unfortunately am losing faith in its existence in Lebanon.

As I was checking my timeline on twitter, a tweet by @MTVLebanonNews caught my attention:

“آل المقداد توعدوا بخطوات لاحفة لم يفصحوا عنها وأكدوا أن الاعتصام يفك فور إطلاق سراح الشباب”

So it seems that we still have to hear from the Mokdad family after all. On top of having the guts to go on TV and say that they have an armed legion, then go on to kidnap more than 20 Syrian citizen in Lebanon (regardless of the Syrians’ political affiliation) and a Turkish citizen, they now decide to close one of the most active roads in the Beirut Southern Suburb.

Everyone remembers what happened three month ago when the Syrian Free Army abducted a member of the Mokdad clan in Syria after they claim he was helping the Syrian Army which prompted the Mokdad family to retaliate and abduct Syrians in Lebanon and a Turkish.

Back then, the army was not given the “political cover” to do anything about it because Hizbollah did not allow it of course, and things stalled for almost 20 days until suddenly the Lebanese Army miraculously started to arrest the armed forces of the Mokdad clan and throw them in prison.

Now here comes the tricky part. Those people were arrested and thrown in jail, everyone obviously knows why, but this is not how things work. When the police or the army detains someone and put him in jail, that someone has to stand in front of a jury to be trialed. The problem is that those persons were not accused of anything; they were just caught and put in jail for no legislative reason. The reason for the public is clear, but the reason for the law does not exist, not until they are accused and then shown to a judge for a trial.

I understand the frustration of the Mokdad family as their sons have been in prison for over two months now without even being accused, let alone judged. But didn’t they see it coming? What did they expect? To go all commando on the streets of Dahyeh kidnapping people as if it was the most normal thing to do without consequences? We were taught in school in the physics classes that for every action there is an opposite equal reaction. Well that applies to social life too, not just to science. They made an action of kidnapping people that triggered a reaction of them being arrested.

To be clear, the government, the judicial body, the police, the army or whoever is responsible (because he have no idea who is responsible for what in Lebanon) have the obligation of accusing the detainees before judging them. But for the Mokdad family to go and decide to close a road in Dahyeh until their sons are freed? Come on, is there no decency anymore? Do they think that us, Lebanese, are idiots? Do they think that they can do whatever they want without being asked why?

After the Asir/Hizbollah incident in Saida; the Minister of Interior Affairs, Mr. Marwan Charbel promised that whoever is seen holding arms will be detained. If no arms are shown in Dahyeh now by the Mokdad family, I’m sure that it won’t be long before they show up. So I think that the Mokdad family will put the words of the minister to test.

The Mokdad family have all the right to ask for their sons to be accused and sent to trial, and the government has the obligation to see the detainees accused and trialed; but this is NOT the way to ask for it.