Arguing on too many fronts
Posted by worriedlebanese on 18/12/2006
If I ever came to think back on this dinner, the first question I will ask myself would be on how I managed to survive the argument that followed it.
There I was in a room with friends and family discussing politics and very quickly arguments started shooting at me from all sides. This is a situation I am quite accustomed to, but this time every person was raising and arguing a different point, reacting to political views I had raised and shared with them days, weeks, or even months earlier. It was payback time.
– How can you defend Hezbollah?
– How can you be a federalist?
– How can you support confessionalism?
I tried my best to argue on all fronts, but it was impossible. Just after making an important point on one argument and shaking the certainties people had surrounding it, I was attacked on another issue and my point was forgotten.
Thinking back on tonight, I should have refused to discuss federalism and confessionalism. I should have stuck to discussing my support to the opposition in the current political crisis. But I just couldn’t resist throwing back the ball at people wherever that ball came from.