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There is discussion, sometimes detailing, about addressing the appalling monetary and economic financial crisis that the Lebanese people suffer with their overwhelming majority. In the course of this, real and sometimes advanced reform ideas emerge if they are viewed in isolation from the inherited Lebanese context, at least from independence until today. These abstract ideas, and despite the good and sometimes sincere intentions motivated by them, remain only desires, and even delusions, in light of the continued survival and dominance of the quota system through which economic, financial and monetary policies are managed and subject to them, and then all other policies in all fields, internally and externally. This system has continuously expanded and entrenched, so it did not stand in front of it all the broad or partial attempts and reform experiences: since the Chehab experience (1958 – 1964), until the reforms of “Taif” (1989), through some partial attempts that officials and ministers have tested, in this or that field , And in this or that era.As a fresh example, we pause over the prime minister’s attempt to appoint a governor for the city of Beirut. The man thought that what had happened in the country, especially since the October 17 uprising, and because of it, had become sufficient to enable the Prime Minister and his government to choose a senior official outside the prevailing mechanism and generalized in all Lebanese administrations. However, the wasp den did not soon rush with all the energy and capabilities, recruiting all the elders and faces of the concerned sect, including its representatives in the government itself, i.e. in the government of “specialists” that was imposed by the pressure of the uprising in terms of excluding the traditional dominant representation in favor of an alternative that came round and even mined … not This is just that, and even personalities, known for their civic and secular options, participated in the meeting, and some even participated in adopting its sectarian summaries.
Of course, the world stood on the prime minister and did not sit down, except after he returned to the “House of Obedience”, by preparing to stand “on the mind of our master” (intended, Bishop Elias Odeh), regarding the issue of appointing the governor of Beirut. Solidarity, as usual, was comprehensive by all references. “O jealousy of religion” is a general policy that unites everyone, although competition for the bounties of authority may sometimes lead to obstruction, strike, and the use of “friends” from abroad as long as they exploit and provide care and protection for their “group” whenever the need arises.
Shortly before that, the Diab government was unable to appoint deputies to the Governor of the Bank of Lebanon and other key locations there. The reason, as usual, is the quota struggle. Before this and that, it was the rejection of the judicial formations through which the judges were understood, that they had “reached out to the exit”, and they believed that they were the decision-makers and not those who originally brought them to where they are! As for the appointment of a new governor for the central bank, it has turned, despite the blatant games and conspiracy of the current ruler, into an international issue, and not only local. The man is “supported”, as it is said in the Syrian street, about the perpetrator who is drawn from the authority. It is supported by the outside (the American in particular), and from the sectarian interior, as well as by politicians and media figures bestowed upon them, according to the principle of “give to those who do not have those who do not deserve.” But despite Diab’s initial desire to justify its existence, it collided with the thick wall and retreated, often defeated, helpless.
The most dangerous in the aforementioned test was in the economic plan approved by the government last week. This plan affirms a rule that “nothing could be better than it was.” In it we will find in it the plans and conditions for the Cedar Conference, which the government of President Saad Hariri has pledged to implement, which are almost the same conditions as the International Monetary Fund. What was difficult under the previous conditions and governments has become, and contrary to the national interest and logic, possible under the current government. As for slogans fighting corruption, recovering looted funds, stopping waste and theft, they appeared quickly without meaning and without translation, despite what was stated by the throats of hundreds of thousands of citizens in the streets for months. Likewise, despite the scandalous scandals revealed, and the latest was the fraudulent fuel, and the speculation on the Lebanese pound by the governor of the central bank, who was involved in the extension of his policies that bankrupted the country, in a new crime by dispelling the small amount of what was left of the exchange rate of the Lebanese pound!
Of course, it was stupid to think that the authority’s parties had something else, except to seek begging the dollars of the International Monetary Fund, by gaining their satisfaction through a resounding declaration of readiness to implement all its conditions, foremost of which is liquidation and mortgage of the public sector and national wealth. It is also unfair to hold the current government responsible, as long as the main quota parties are still the ones who, even also through key positions in the Diab government, still hold the general decision. But the government was able, at least, to take some measures that would persuade the citizens of the seriousness of slogans such as stopping looting, waste and corruption, and recovering the stolen money, and demanding those who amassed huge fortunes through mythical benefits and suspicious deals … to make a contribution In alleviating the crisis of their country and people, which are the biggest cause! Certainly, we are not among those who portray, with complete contempt for the minds of the people, that the October 17 uprising and the current government are responsible for the collapse, which necessitates the return of the “Al-Asil”, and the termination of the services of the agent, that is the current government. Likewise, we do not agree with the allegations and policies of those who perpetuated the wave of the intifada and the people’s pain and discontent, in order to implement their share of suspicious and plotting plans prepared for the region in general, and for the question of Palestine in particular, under the title “Deal of the Century”. But the government was, and still can, do much more than it did. Primarily, due to the desire of people to change and to adopt new policies and procedures, especially in the field of stopping waste, looting and harnessing nervousness in the service of factional and sometimes suspicious interests. This is without talking about the need to start thinking about new options and approaches in Arab and international relations, in order to get Lebanon out of the families of Western hegemony in general and the American in particular.
Running around the quota system, no matter how well-intentioned, is playing in the lost time, but this time with the fate of Lebanon and the Lebanese. The first goal is to eliminate the system of pillaging, waste, corruption, subordination and dependence abroad. That is the beginning, and only a successful beginning! All that other than attempts to tackle, change and repair, is a claim and an unreliable illusion!
This conclusion is what should be the essence of a broad frontal national project program and alternative authority that constitute, at the same time, an essential link in a comprehensive political and developmental liberalization path, preserving the unity and sovereignty of Lebanon and continuing its remarkable popular achievements in the face of the Zionist colonial conspiracy.

* Lebanese writer and politician

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