History does not forgive and
facts are always indelible. The Bkerki initiative is, by all means, a much
noble proposition; however, the circulated and suggested interpretations are
irrational at best.
No. Dear political analysts’
wannabees, Minister Gebran Bassil does not need (or seek) exoneration or a mere
prospect for a “clean slate”. And this is because he was never part of any
religious “cleansing”, genocide, assassination, or bombing. He was never the reason
for any migration or the creator of mass graves... On his hands, never was
found the blood of innocent people. NEVER. What you accuse him of seeking is
what the war lords of Lebanon need. All of them. So desperately. Not he.
An unjustified, unforgivable,
indelible history of assassinations and atrocities, too ghastly to describe, is
always unforgettable. It remains, as it should, vivid in the minds and hearts
of the stricken families and all Lebanese people. “We will never forget” seems
so minute in comparison to the pain those insolent war lords have indefinitely
caused. History knows and carved on its pages that no matter how many years go
by, how many forged speeches are thoughtlessly recited, how many attempts to
distort undeniable facts are sought, and how many accusations are ever so
wrongly formulated, the truth will always remain the same.
Today, in Lebanon, we are
attempting to move on. Move forward. Move beyond disagreements. But we will not
do it at the expense of the truth or the dignity and integrity of outstanding
leaders like Gebran Bassil. We will not allow anyone to taint or corrupt the
truth. For someone who fought for the unity and freedom of his country, for
someone who still fights for the solidarity and justice of his people, for someone
who continues to work for the future of Lebanon while preserving its present, it
is absolutely repugnant to even entertain the idea of his “needing” a
Vindication is coveted by those
who committed heinous crimes: those who killed and murdered, destroyed and
executed, maimed and tortured. Those are the ones in dire need of a vindication;
one they will never acquire, as long
as there are history books.