Worried Lebanese

thought crumbs on lebanese and middle eastern politics

the insurgency of thought (1)

Posted by worriedlebanese on 03/10/2006

A friend of mine told me to meet her at a public lecture in Paris’ 11e arrondissement. I agreed to go there though I knew nothing about the conference other that it was centred on the Middle East and Lebanon.  After a small recital, we listened to Roger Assaf reading a letter to us from Beirut. It was to be sitting in a theatre for more than ten minutes, staring at an empty screen and listening to male voice over the telephone reciting a text. Roger Assaf is a playwrite and I would have accepted something more elaborate than that from him. His message was ambiguous as always. Is it really peace he wants or is he waging a war by other means? He is calling for a just peace, peace with justice. What does that exactly mean? what happens if one side doesn’t agree with the other’s claims, with what the other demands in the name of justice? Does it mean peace is postponed? Does that legitimise the other side trying to get justice done through violent means? Why couple peace and justice? Isn’t peace complicated in itself?

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