|Man in a Desert||
In a move ingeniously designed and no doubt aimed at bringing the feuding Lebanese sects closer together, Lebanon's Minister of Labor, Boutros Harb, has tabled a draft law that bans for 15 years the sale of real estate between Lebanese of different religions.
The proposal, according to Harb, aims to protect coexistence in the country.
The background to all of this is that the Christians in Lebanon feel that they are being out-bought and pushed out of their traditional areas of the country.
The member of the cabinet (who is also a perennial candidate/nominee for president) makes it clear that it would be fine to sell land to a (foreign) Muslim or a Christian as long as they are not Lebanese.
Perhaps Harb is well-intentioned. Maybe he does have Lebanon's and the Lebanese' best interests at heart. I don't know. But Harb is very shortsighted if he thinks such a measure is going to help coexistence.
Say a Lebanese Christian sells a piece of land to a Muslim from Arab country Z who turns around and sells it to a Lebanese Muslim. Now where does this leave us?
The way things are in Lebanon why not just contract the whole country on a B.O.T. basis?
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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