Friday, January 13, 2017

The Lebanese people DID NOT have a fistfight on that MEA flight

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There was a fistfight on board of the MEA flight to London and a passenger recorded it on his smartphone. When the video started circulating on social media, some self-righteous people couldn’t but pontificate about the Lebanese people being this and the Lebanese people being that, and how all of us should feel ashamed.

If you think about it, it’s rather strange they saw it this way. There were three people involved in this fight: a bully, a bullied air hostess and the guy that defended her. The story could have been told from three different angles. But these self-righteous people decided that it should only be seen from the bully’s angle and that shame should automatically fall on all of us.

It’s rather strange they didn’t see and tell this story from the obvious positive angle. “A Lebanese stood up and defended an assaulted MEA hostess”. They could have praised his courage, his chivalry, and took pride in our shared nationality. The #proudtobelebanese hashtag would have never been so appropriate.

It’s even stranger they didn’t see and tell the story from the cabin crew’s angle: “An MEA air hostess insulted and assaulted on a flight to London”. They could have expressed their support, their compassion, perhaps even demanded the presence of a policeman, an Air Marshall, on every flight, so aggressions like these would never happen again.

But no, they only saw the violent man, the bully, and decided that he was the living incarnation of every single one of us, the Lebanese people, and that we all need to repent for his sins. Perhaps they fancy themselves as part of some sort of elite, superior in every way, looking down at the talking beasts the rest of us are, violent, primitive and awfully uncivilized.

How arrogant one must be to believe that. How arrogant and how delusional. Because there’s nothing to support it, especially if when to comes to Lebanese violence during flights.

I, for example – or any Lebanese I know (and I know quite a few) – never picked up a fight on board of a plane. I also took countless flights to and out of Lebanon, and never witnessed any fight whatsoever. But I was told airplane incidents like these were very common, on every continent and in every language. So I went on Youtube, I typed: “fight on airplane” and – surprise! – I found plenty of footage from around the world. Here are a couple of samples from China and the US.

Ironically, you never hear these holier-than-thou inquisitors say that the American or the Chinese people should feel ashamed for the action of one or two individuals. They only do it with Lebanese. Go figure why. Perhaps their need to feel superior is too cowardly to express itself too far from home. Or maybe, deep down, they feel so inferior to other nationalities, they always have the urge to trash their own.

But I prefer to be positive – it’s part of my New Year resolutions! – and think it was a passing lapse in judgment. And hope they’ll join me in cheering the man that stood up to the bully and defended the damsel in distress.

We are the way we see the world, someone once said. In this particular case, I choose to see the chivalrous act of one Lebanese rather than the despicable bullying of another. What about you, what kind of Lebanese are you?

© Claude El Khal, 2017


Unknown said...

excellent point of view , i fully agree.

Anonymous said...

Well if every mindless sheep that shared this video wrote what actually happened in the description we wouldn't have this problem.
Thanks for the explanation, I find it more entertaining than the actual fight itself

Anonymous said...

Fuck Lebanese. Stop defending their barbaric behavior with shitty articles like these. This video clearly shows how uncivilized and unruly these people have become. Stop trying to turn every negative a Lebanese do to a positive. It doesn't work that way.

Crazy said...

Eat shut whoever you are.

Unknown said...

the man should have not defended the air hostess... instead the flight crew will notify the police when they land and the police picks the bully up and deal with him for committing an verbal/sexual assault on a hostess and no fist fight required.

in that case both the bully and the vigilante did wrong.

Elie Zouein said...

Anonymous ! You don't even have the guts to say who you are and you're cursing a whole nation? Well the hell with you and your stupid opinion that only reveals the cheap person you are.

Anonymous said...

Elie sermeye Zouein sedd ni3ak. I'm Lebanese more than you and that's why I have all the right to talk about this bullshit fake nationality cause I know them best. A bunch of agitated sheep with an ego as big as a building incapable of running their own country. So cut the crap.

Thomas Vailleux said...

Hi Anonymous, I have a question. what are you personally doing as a lebanese citizen to help end the mess in your country? And if nothing, who can change the system if not the 4 million people? Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Hi Thomas. Lebanon is a helpless country unfortunately. Last election, I tried voting for independent candidates that promised to fight corruption. But the system in Lebanon is almost impossible to change. The same political lords have been ruling the country for almost 4 decades and they are distributing the spoils among them. And the electoral law is benefiting them. I have decided that I will not participate in any future election. It's helpless and useless. And Lebanese sheep keep bringing them back to power after each election. I have decided a few years ago that I don't want to be part of this mess and I left the country. I'm living a respectable life abroad now. I'm highly educated and my life was completely wasted there. I also have a family and my children won't live in this shit. There's no hope for Lebanon. The latest distribution of gaz and oil shares is another example of the corrupted system we are living in. The 1.3 millions Syrian refugees will also sign the end of Lebanon as we know it. And Lebanese still think they are the "chosen" people still arrogant and pretentious. This article is the latest bullshit I've read in that regards. The world has become very suspicious of Lebanese. We are not given visas as easily as before. We are double checked at airports. GCC countries don't respect us anymore and are trying to ban all Lebanese from going there.
So Thomas, these 4 million people you're talking about are not talking the same language and have different goals and agenda. None of these goals is a path to a future prosperous and corrupt free country. Lebanese have become the most egoistic people on earth. As long as their narrow interests are going well they don't give a dam about their country. Of course I'm aware that there are exceptions and a lot of people are suffering because of that. But they are a tiny minority.