Those of you who read my blog regularly, know I am a somewhat vocal critic of our current President of the Republic Michel Suleiman. Fortunately, it seems my blog has slipped the athorities’ radar for I have yet to do some jail time for “defaming the president”. Recall the fuel crisis post and the freedom of speech in Lebanon one. There’s a third one, but I’ll allow you to dig for it yourselves, for liability purposes.
It is disgusting and gut-wrenching to know that in Lebanon, where we pride ourselves on our freedom of speech and expression, that one man is above the law. It breaks my heart and makes my face curl up into the sewage-smelling-face when I hear of news that someone has been thrown behind bars for “defamation.” Thank you Big Brother!
In my opinion, it’s time we keep military-raised people OUT of our political lives. Michel Suleiman might’ve not created that law, but he could try not endorsing or enforcing it. I mean come on, why the hell did they spend the time, money and manpower to imprison Zeid Hamdan for a song Zeid and the Wings produced 18 months ago?! Seriously? What’s next? Anti-Sex Leagues? Enforcing the archaic law that women may not wear a two-piece swimsuit (notice how Miss Lebanon’s “beauties” always wear a one-piece suit)?
What’s worse, is we’re expected to trust, respect and revere our security forces. No thanks, I’ll pass on that till the day no one gets locked up for something they’ve said about a president. I mean, how insecure can you get?! And why don’t the politicians that diss the big boss get thrown behind bars?
Anyway, Zeid has since been released and in celebration of this, here’s the video and song our Fearless Leader doesn’t want you seeing.