In Beirut, everyone is preoccupied with the preparations for the parliamentary elections that are basically expected to take place during the upcoming spring. The national priorities are left aside and the essential urgent files are mainly disregarded. In Abu Dhabi, a large number of presidents and CEOs of major international companies and non-governmental agencies are busy with the “Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2013,” in addition to the “World Summit on the Future Energy,” the “Global world Summit,” and the “Renewable Energy Conference.”
Lebanon sidelined again
Once again, Lebanon finds itself sidelined and absent when it comes to discussing future issues and treating vital files; not because Lebanon is not interested in it or because it is not affected by these files’ repercussion and consequences, and not even because its energy and natural sources are at their best. But simply because the “traders of politics” in the Cedars land are obsessively busy with their favorite challenge, the “Chairs game,” at the expense of Lebanon’s present and the future of its youth.
On this occasion, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tweeted: “We offer the world a model that can be built on. Global energy sustainability can be achieved by innovation and partnerships between nations”... This shows that the main concern of the leaders, who are known for their vision, spirit of leadership, and for their actions and achievements, as the people evaluate their good governance, hope and prosperity while keeping pace with the times, is to build the future and progress towards it with confidence... as it is not to search for the future of their countries, communities and peoples in the past, as it is happening in Lebanon.
Slogans no action in Lebanon
The “traders of politics" in Lebanon excel in coming up with slogans, bids and blaming the others for their mistakes, sins and failures... And the result is: the accumulation of disappointments, debt, humanitarian tragedies and losses, the widespread unemployment, poverty and migration, the loss of the citizen’s confidence in the country’s future, and the loss of hope among young people...
All of this happening in parallel to the lack of law enforcement, vacant public administration and corruption, the absence of services like water, electricity, communications, hospitalization and sanitation, in addition to the failure in the maintenance of roads and other facilities.
There is no need to mention the environment, clean air, green spaces, cleanliness, “recycling” and the preservation of natural and non-natural resources...
Will the prevailing mentality, based on the multiple loyalties of the “traders of politics,” be able to save the country from the apparent economic and social disaster? Will the election law automatically lead at the expense of other priorities to find solutions that will make urgent changes in the countries’ executive, judicial, regulatory, supervisory and financial institutions? Will the people live and build their future just through the elections in Lebanon?!
Mazen Hayek is a MarComms & Media practitioner in MENA; weekly op-ed columnist in "An-Nahar" Lebanon, he can be followed on Twitter: @HayekMG