Whoever participated in yesterdays White March or at least saw the pictures would understand to what extent Lebanese civic society is far from those who claim to be its official representatives. The march that was organized by independent activists who reject political assassination, sectarian and political divisions was a big success and proved there is still a considerable portion of our society un-involved in the vertical division and sectarian polarization.
A remarkable aspect of the march was its good organization and youth spirit: young participants dressed in white, nearly all the way silent, homemade placards with messages in “internet arabic” – the language of youth.
The debate on the White March facebook page is significant as it shows that the supporters of the event are far more than the 1000 participants who marched yesterday. On the other hand it shows to what extent other portions of Lebanese society are unable to identify themselves as independent individuals, citizens, apart of clashing religio-political groups. Some people argued against the march saying that being neutral means comparing the criminal and the victim and giving equal rights to both. Others rejected the whole idea of nonviolence as a way of struggle. Some preferred to keep far from the march and the discussion all together (may be in harmony with March 8 current policy regarding the last events).
In a tensed divided country, any attempt to take the middle way is more like experimenting with the impossible. The white march made it clear: it is possible.