Well, Lebanon still has its optimists, and Samir Franjieh is one of them.
According to Franjieh, March 14 is bigger than any person (such as Jumblatt). It's the promise that brought many together. A spirit that many Lebanese did not discover until one day, their prime minister was assassinated in broad daylight, in the very place that was supposedly built to reunite Lebanese people.
Franjieh: The reality of the March 14 forces is that it is not a political front which is tied to leading political figures joining it or leaving it. It is a popular movement, and the fact that some political group leaves does not affect the movement in a significant way, not in terms of politics but as a popular movement.
In political terms, there has been a setback because of mistakes made by many parties on the political level. This could be a normal thing, because March 14 is not one party, but as I said, it is an exceptional grouping that took shape and has had an exceptional effect. The important part of March 14 is that no one can say "I am March 14" or "I am a central part of it". The same thing that is said about the political leadership applies to the sectarian groups as no one group in Lebanon can claim to be March 14. It is unprecedented in Lebanon's history that an event takes place where it is not exclusively associated with an individual, a party or a group. Instead it is a Lebanese popular movement.
[...]With regards to MP Jumblatt, one can understand his fears that there is an absolute priority to prevent the re-emergence of social strife. There is a difference of opinion about how to prevent strife and the events of May 7th. Maybe Jumblatt could be asked to do more in terms of reconciliation, but it is up to him to determine how to do it. Since he considers that the priority is to prevent strife, he has to offer a specific solution.
The events of May 7th are probably an exceptional wound in our national history, and it's a legitimate concern that priority should be given to prevent this wound from worsening and to mend what can be mended because this issue is detrimental to the future of all of us. However, he should not only focus this approach on the reconciliation efforts of today, but he has to work towards undoing the error committed on May 7th, which requires a comprehensive approach and not just a photo-op, but real efforts. This is not Jumblatt's responsibility alone although he is the one who presented it. It is also the responsibility of the state and the President, because he has been entrusted with internal cohesion, and this requires a huge effort.
February 14th, 2005 ended the Lebanese War which lasted for 30 years, and people are very attached to this date, which came after war and humiliation. The participation in February 14th, 2010, is a confirmation of this choice. [Al-Shorfa.com]
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