Fassouh disaster far from “Camelot” Kingdom

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This is Lebanon, a country constantly bleeding with almost similarities between the load of grief and the innocent victim. But the form of death is not the same.

As mourners return home, they write the name of mercy on their wall and beg that death gives life to their beloved country. Enough coffins in Beirut! Let our people live and our city celebrate in joy and peace of mind. We have mourned thousands of friends, family members and innocent people for over 3 decades. Dying for silly reasons is the peak of madness.

Do you allow us to choose the “Camelot”, Kingdom of happiness and life, where people love and laugh and sing (equally) and rise above the wickedness of swearing? Not.

On July 20th of 1969, the day Neil Armstrong descended to the moon and spent 2½ hours exploring, six thousand people had already passed away as result of a football game between Honduras and El Salvador which finished: one – zero. The Football War (La guerra del fútbol, in Spanish), also known as the Soccer War or 100 hour War, was a four-day war .It was caused by political conflicts between Hondurans and Salvadorans, namely issues concerning immigration from El Salvador to Honduras. These existing tensions between the two countries coincided with the inflamed rioting during the second North American qualifying round of the 1970 FIFA World Cup. After the Salvadoran army launched an attack against Honduras, a cease-fire took effect on July 20th, with the Salvadoran troops withdrawn in early August.

Who could believe that rational thinking which brought man to the moon also brought six thousand ignorant to death in a game, “amicable and friendly”?

Similarly, who could believe that a seven-story building, located in Fassouh, in the Ashrafieh neighborhood of Beirut, crashed to the ground on January 15, claiming the lives of 27 people and trapping a dozen others under the wreckage. In addition to Lebanese, citizens of Sudan, the Philippines, Egypt and other nations were killed when the building collapsed. A memorial service was held “to remember those who died because of negligence, and those who have been discriminated against by our racist community, even at desperate moments like these and after their horrifying deaths”, I read as I was away.

There is one truth in this climate, the corrupt and disturbing and frightening, is that our young people leave because they are infected with color-blind. Freedom shades its people. I have once read that, in Lebanon the fault is always on the dead man. Why? Because he is well known and the only unknown is always the killer.

In American contexts, the word “Camelot” is sometimes used to refer admiringly to the presidency of John F. Kennedy, as his term was said to have potential and promise for the future, and many were inspired by Kennedy’s speeches, vision, and policies.

At the time, Kennedy’s assassination had been compared to the fall of King Arthur. The lines “Don’t let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot,” from the musical Camelot, were quoted by his widow Jacqueline as being from his favorite song in the score. “There’ll be great Presidents again,” she added, “but there’ll never be another Camelot again … it will never be that way again.”

Indeed, in Lebanon, it will never be that way again.

There will always be broken mothers, abandoned children and a bloody story to tell.