So I’ve been asking around this questions to many “darake” aka lebanese cops, you can’t always trust, since most of them never went to school due to the war.
How did you end up here.
Most of them said it was a personal choice, they wanted to keep the law going, keep the people safe.
Now on a side note I want to add something; personally I don’t trust these cops, at all, I respect and follow the army men and women in my life, but they are the ones with an education in respect; cops are mostly the kind of guys that couldn’t make it anywhere else.
Living inside the secured perimeter of a politician, I have to deal with a 30 min search party around and inside my car to be able to go home (imagine me forgetting something at home, it’s hell! !!). So I’ve been meeting a lot of these cops over the years; I’ve been whistled at, called names etc for so long that I forgot how to bother and take up any defences against them. This story reminds me a lot of a previous post I wrote, but what can I do, this is my home.
So I decided to ask these cops the same question, most of them just answered and continued the search party while others wanted to go into details.
How did you end up here?
The most recurrent answer was: “I get respect”. The second being: “I’ve been here for ages, it’s my job”.
Very few of them tried to explain it: “I couldn’t find a job, I have a family to care for, so I’m here”.
But one of them (the most fun guy I must add, always joking around and making me smile) said: “I have no idea, I graduated with 2 degrees, but my father decided I should protect this politician because I owe him my life”.
Needless to say this guy graduated with a bachelor degree in economics and another in pre-med.
So why work in cleaning the bloody hands of a politician instead of living a full life of promises? “My dad ordered me to do it”.
How many lost occasions, how long will this country be subjected to the reasoning of past generations? How long will the new generation with new ideals be brainwashed by a generation full of hatred?
I’m not sure of either of these answers, but I keep hoping that one day all lebanese people will eventually get bored, and decide to lead a life full of promises.
Cheers from the middle of Beirut.