Supporters and defenders of a foreign theocracy trying to convince Lebanese in general, and Lebanese Christians in particular about the benefits/advantages of secularism and the disadvantages of sectarianism and tribalism, in the most tribal and sectarian country of the Middle East.
Am I the only one to see the irony of this?
There is no irony. Chavez, who was a catholic and president of Venezuela was a strong ally of Iran. Assad is a baathist and an ally of Iran. Russia was a former communist state and an ally.
Whatever form of governance Iran or the people of Iran choose to follow is not my business as a lebanese. What concerns me is how good and kind Iran has been to Lebanon. If it wasn't for the weapons of Iran, you won't have a country called Lebanon today as we know it. Whether from the Zionist threat of occupation or the takfiri threat of invasion, forced conversions and sectarian killings of Shias and Christians. You have to see the irony and the hypocrisy in your stance.
Further, Iran is a country of 80 million people and at least 90% follow one religion. And the minorities are far from oppressed. In fact, Jews have seats reserved for them in the Iranian parliament. Democracy is meant to be the rule of the majority and the respect for the minority. And that is exactly what Iran has done. You can call it theocracy or whatever adjective you choose.
And for your info, Iran is a theocracy through a referendum and a popular vote. It did not become a theocracy like our country became a sectarian democracy, if it is a democracy at all. The Iranians had a chance to have a say in a referendum. I was not given a chance, I have not been given a chance and neither was my father or grandfather given a chance to vote for a confessional or sectarian state in Lebanon. Let us have a referendum in Lebanon on the confessional system today and I promise you and any sectarian bigot like yourself, that majority of Lebanese from all sects will choose a civil or secular state ahead or instead of a racist, apartheid confessional system. The so called National Pact, which was neither national nor a pact, is unconstitutional and belongs to the rubbish can of history. It is pure trash that every lebanese should be ashamed of having in his country. It paints us as sectarian bigots and intolerant hordes of beasts who mistrust themselves and yet we belong to the same country. We have one country and one blood and we must have one law for all and a state for all lebanese irrespective of religion.