We are an arrogant and ignorant people. That was the message and the image we broadcasted yesterday on all social media when thousands of violent Lebanese criminals killed tens of thousands of peaceful, beautiful storks flying over this country.
But the wanton killing of birds as a hobby by bloodthirsty violent Lebanese is even worse, and the government and the political class - sinking as they are in corruption - couldn't care less. Out of about 175 countries, Transparency International placed Lebanon at rank 136 on a scale where 1 is least corrupt and 175 is most corrupt. So Lebanon is one of the most corrupt countries on earth.
Yesterday March 9, 2016, storks appeared in the skies over Lebanon traveling from Africa to Europe on their annual migration cycle. Within minutes, violent-minded criminal Lebanese armed with shotguns and machine guns hunted the storks from south to north, chasing them in cars along roads and across every village, town and city, and shooting them down in an orgy of bloodletting reminiscent of the violent wars and massacres and killings that fill the historical record of the Lebanese people.
The storks are not Maronite, Shiite, Catholic, Protestant, Sunni, Orthodox, Druze, or any of the other religious cults that define this country. So killing them does not threaten the heavenly, Godly, precious and delicate sectarian balance of this religiously backward yet "great country". After all, God Almighty told humans that they are more special that all his other creatures, and He authorizes people to kill and murder animals and other creatures. So the Lebanese are being very religious and obedient to God in killing the storks.
But, putting religion aside, the storks are an important part of the land and the nature. They are an element of the biodiversity that preserves this earth and the human species. But the religious Lebanese are scientifically and environmentally ignorant and primitive and backward. They are just too dumb and uneducated to understand the environmental, aesthetic, or moral stakes involved in the massive killing of migratory birds that bring no harm but only benefits to our lives. Just as the Lebanese are too dumb and uneducated because they believe in religious fairy tales from the Bronze Age. Just this one fact is emblematic of everything that is wrong with a mess of a country that, in this 21st century, and nearly 30 years after the bloody religious wars of the 1970s and 1980s, still is without normal electricity, water, Internet, public transportation, decent roads, sewage disposal systems or any basic infrastructure that would be considered a minimum to have. Lebanon is a jungle in disguise. Notions of collective responsibility, of one citizen's duties and obligations toward his fellow citizens, of the role of humans in protecting their own lives by protecting their environment...are non-existent and are nowhere part of the culture of violence, death, and hatred. Lebanon's forests are in decline. The ocean front is a disaster zone in which untreated sewage and unsorted garbage flows in gigantic volumes every day. Lebanon is among the countries that contribute the most to the pollution and decline of the Mediterranean.
Stork killers do not need the storks for food. Storks and not edible. Killing tens of thousands of storks (and many other migratory birds) that are just flying over, is just a hobby. Forget the storks. Killing is a hobby in Lebanon. Anything that moves gets shot at.
Lebanon is an uncivilized place for allowing this killing to go on year after year, in the Spring and again in the Fall. International donors who keep propping up this failed state with millions and millions of dollars can - and should - exert pressure and withhold money from this failed lemon republic until it cleans some of its shit, of which the wanton killing of migratory birds against all international regulations.
This orgy of stork killing yesterday is a symptom of the lawlessness that governs this country. The killers and hunters are protected by the political establishment; the killers and hunters are in fact the men of the Mafia bosses who sit in Parliament and in the government.
And so, I ask anyone - tourists or expats who live in countries where nature, birds, animals and trees and forest are worshiped - who is considering to come and visit to refrain from doing so, to boycott this land of savagery, ignorance and barbarity.
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO LEBANON TO SPEND MONEY, BECAUSE YOU WOULD BE FUNDING THE BARBARITY THAT WAS ON DISPLAY YESTERDAY WITH THE KILLING OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF STORKS AT THE HANDS OF THE LEBANESE.
IN FACT, LEBANON IS RIFE WITH WEAPONS AND VIOLENCE, SO YOU PUT YOUR OWN LIFE IN DANGER BY COMING HERE.
BELIEVE ME, IT IS NOT WORTH IT. THE AIR AND THE WATER ARE POLLUTED. THICK BLACK SMOKE BILLOWS OUT OF CARS, BUSES AND TRUCKS. PLASTIC BOTTLES AND BAGS ARE EVERYWHERE, BY THE ROADSIDES, IN RIVERS, ON TREES, DEEP INSIDE THE FEW REMAINING FORESTS, AND ALONG THE COASTLINE.
LEBANESE DRIVERS ARE ANOTHER CLASS OF CRIMINAL BARBARIANS. CHAOS REIGNS SUPREME IN LEBANON...
AND THE LEBANESE CALL IT THEIR 'JOIE DE VIVRE'. I'D ADD TO IT, 'ET DE TUER LES AUTRES, tous les autres, HUMANS, ANIMALS, PLANTS... Just like Donald Trump's "America First" slogan, the Lebanese have their own individual slogan "Me first" AND "Apres moi le deluge".