We are aware that the current regime is responsible for the wastage that has occurred over the past few decades. We are equally aware that some groups benefitted from this wastage more than others. However, we do not believe in proposing requests or reforms under this same system and we do not trust any of the system’s theatrics in passing laws to restore the stolen money. Below are some essential points to consider when discussing this topic:
- Wastage and theft did not come about through isolated incidents, but rather through legal and systematic actions – that is, through laws passed by the regime itself – and “profits” were distributed across large numbers of beneficiaries. Those responsible have formal, legal immunities as well as sectarian, political ones and they do not hesitate in invoking them.
- If initiated and successful, restoring the stolen money would require years and we cannot overlook the costliness of time during this critical transition period. Additionally, if the money were to be restored while the current regime is still in power, it will return to the regime itself because it represents, albeit as a facade, the state.
- It is not realistic to expect a parliament or government subordinate to the sectarian leaders to make laws and appoint judges in opposition to the leaders’ interests.
- The approach imposed on us today is the political confrontation of the system. Any scattering of efforts and proposals is dangerous, especially when demands reinforce the legitimacy of those being demanded.
In summary, attempts to propose any reforms under the same ruling system are nothing but theatrics and a waste of time.