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Lebanon suffers cooperation deficit

In an era of clear standards that are universally applied for the evaluation of the success and/or failure of public servants, the yardsticks applied in Lebanon are certainly unique. Being results-oriented does not appear to be an important factor anymore, for we have become immune to disappointment when stated objectives and promised goals are not attained.

The particularity of the leadership style that characterizes our political system seems to be the exception that confirms the golden rule of always accomplishing declared ambitions. We continue to be impressed by loud lip-service and repetitive promises regardless of any achievements in translating such folkloric traditions into real deeds.

Furthermore the reigning apathy is fueled by general acceptance of the stagnant situation while each party is content to blame the other without attempting to join forces to remedy the situation. What is worse is that we are no longer trying to understand the reasons behind the lack of achievements nor are we reacting in an effort to resolve identified problems.

But who is more to blame, is it those that govern us or those who do not change their selection criteria for better governance? Is it those responsible for the letdowns or those who do not apply accountability in assessing actions (or lack thereof)? Who is more mistaken, those that repeat the same errors or those who do not take necessary measures to implement efficiency-related changes?

Even if no one is actually on trial here (regrettably!) we are still all guilty as charged, since both the ruling community and the ruled population are equal partners in the development strategy of our country. Sadly, the prevailing uncooperative mentalities and selfish attitudes have become the norm rather than being considered intolerable practices requiring significant corrective actions.

It is a shame that instead of rallying behind common values, our individualistic culture does not encourage an attitude of unity even when the same positions and beliefs are shared. Many people automatically support conflicting opinions to the views of their opponents just to spite them irrespective of the merits of the issues under examination.

Fortunately the essential need for harmony between the Lebanese and the subsequent potential advantages of a general accord on every front are gaining importance in today's politico-economic vocabulary. We are increasingly realizing that all parties are jointly liable for deficiencies hindering application of national progress policies and achievement of projected targets.

Only through the dedicated efforts of a competent public-private working team will we succeed in moving our country forward. The key for success of any efficient advancement program is the level of commitment and the degree of positive coordination among us. Likewise the single assessment criteria for the seriousness of declared positions must not be the number of times people talk about them; rather it should be dependent on identifying practical roadmaps leading to concrete results!

Fadi Saab is the chairman and president of Trans-Mediterranean Airways

Beirut 12-08-2005
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