March 11th… people in search of a third way
Posted by worriedlebanese on 31/01/2007
Naya sent me the link of a new movement that has sprung up in Lebanon: March 11. You can check them out on the following link: http://www.11march.org/march11interface/default.aspx.
The site doesn’t say much about what the group wants or even the people that are part of it. All it does is explain the name: March 11, midway between March 8th (A movement that was Hezbollah lead) and March 14th (a popular movement that came to be lead by Hariri and Jumblatt and other Christian politicians the co-opted).
From their name, one can guess that they see themselves as a third way, a median way, or even a hyphen, joining the two groups. This is not a new step in Lebanon. Other politicians and political movements have claimed to do exactly the same thing.
Although this new reaction to the threatening and potentially lethal bipolarisation that we witness in Lebanon is obviously a positive one, I do not yet see in what way it is going to counter or bridge the new political divide.