The relationship between a forced amnesia of the war and the self-destructive amnesia of CJD.


In 1989, the Taif agreement brought a formal end to the Lebanese civil war [1975-1990]. The fifteen-year strife was signed off in an agreement that basically granted amnesty to all political actors and war perpetrators. While the agreement might have been the only fathomable way at the time to put the war behind us [the Lebanese population] and move on, it acted as a tabula rasa, a forced amnesia of a terrible historical event that killed 150,000 people, handicapped 100,000 people, displaced 900,000 people, forced the emigration of a quarter of a mllion, forced the exile of 1 million people, and, until, today, counts 18,000 people still missing. 

None of this is written in history books; the facts have been reported and recounted; their oral hisotries passed down from one generation to the other, from one family to the other, undistinguishably tinting the facts with questionable thought and socio-political influence. 

Although it can be agreed that the Taif successfully ended the physical acts of war, it is also well-established that the civil war has not yet ended, and we are still living in its protracted state.