Last night, I had a dream (a sleep dream, not a Martin Luther King dream) that Lebanon was playing in the World Cup. The first game we played was against Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon won. Then, we played against Iran, and again, Lebanon won. Then, we played against Germany, and a player on the Lebanese team called Mohammad Fneich scored. So we won 1-0!! Everyone was madly cheering. It was incredible. You should have been there. But then, still in the dream, a stranger next to me said, “that’s not good.”
I paused.
He said, “Muhammad Fneish is a die-hard supporter of Saad Hariri, and now everyone’s gonna attribute our World Cup victory to Saad Hariri. I wish we lost.”
I’m like, “OK buddy, two things. First, you just made me realize that we don’t deserve this victory. Second, who are you and how did you get into my house.”

I really did have this dream. And I feel compelled to communicate some thoughts especially in the aftermath of the Lebanese Independence Day, and all that’s been said, but also with the state of affairs in our world. These thoughts are valid for Lebanon, as well as any country that has been struggling with misunderstanding its power (see country called USA to the west).

Independence doesn’t exist when you believe you’re doing your “community” a favor by electing a mercantilist politician to represent you, one who sells the nation off for an extra buck in his pocket, while you turn a blind eye because he’s from “your group”.
Nor does Independence exist if you believe you deserve more rights than other compatriots in your nation just because “you don’t like them.”
Nor does Independence exist if “your political representative” constantly displays exaggerated flattery and affection towards foreign powers for the $$ purpose of self-promotion and self-commercialization, and you are, conversely, shocked that we never get respected as a nation on the International world order.
Don’t try to read between these lines.
As long as people prefer to _lose_ as an entire country just to prevent a supposed political adversary from winning a small battle, there is no Independence of any sort to be celebrated, and we don’t deserve a national victory, not even in football. Our nation runs on political enslavement, where the majority of our politicians are slaves of mercantilism, and we are slaves of these politicians. The opposite of free independence is, shockingly, forced dependence, and dependence doesn’t dignify its bondsmen.

But I have hope. Because as distressed as I am about the political affairs in my country, I managed to make “Muhammad Fneish” (google the name) a die-hard supporter of Saad Hariri in my dream, and that means that brains can maybe re-wire to accommodate the wildest of dreams! Until then, happy dreaming about an everlasting Independence.  



  • […] the midst of the political election in Lebanon you’d expect me to have a dream a la Sara Yafi. That was an amazing one, sorry guys to disappoint you I won’t be able to compete with that one! […]

  • Basma Alshaar says:

    Well-said my friend. Your analysis is on point as always. Keep the faith and please don’t be bothered by the noise around you. It’s nothing more than just noise. Democracy is messy and chaotic. You gotta take the good, the bad, and the ugly?????

  • Fayez Tawil says:

    Just pure philosophy!!!

  • Tamas Kowalik says:

    Sara, please let me know if your team plays against Greece. I would like to join you (without “getting into your house”).?

  • Neo Ajaka says:

    “Dreaming” should be Made a profession… #JustSaying

  • Tareq Tamimi says:

    I always love your way of thinking and your way of looking to things, My special respect to you my friend

  • Abir Tebbo says:

    Expressing my infinite love for you woman

  • Molly Stacey says:

    Brilliant. What a dream x

  • Wassef Ezzedine says:

    Totally agree with your thoughts… Been having these same ones for quite some time actually… Only I could never put them in such explicit words that they come out so crisp and clear and fully comprehensive of exactly what is wrong and why… Lady, you’re a natural !

  • Hala Minkara says:

    Beautiful girl. Love ❤️ you

  • Sasha Van de Water says:

    I think you underestimate yourself Sara El-Yafi. This dream of yours was definitely a MLK dream! And a Gandhi dream, and a Mandela dream. Everyone deserves freedom unfettered by mercantile prejudice, so keep preaching your gospel! It sings, it’s music to my ears. ❤❤❤

  • Haitham El Khatib says:

    More devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; people who prefer a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice.

    • Sara El-Yafi says:

      I’m not quite sure I understand what a “negative peace” is, or why tension and justice are mutually exclusive.

      • Haitham El Khatib says:

        Negative peace is the avoidance of conflict to maintain the ongoing peace, as in let’s not rock the boat.

      • Sara El-Yafi says:

        ah. I see. I think you’re being generous when you say that it’s “a devotion to order” that makes people so idle, I’d say that it’s such a deep-seated philosophy of fatalism and an attitude of total work avoidance that is deeply ingrained in people that makes us so idle. I don’t believe we don’t “want to rock the boat” to avoid conflict, I’d say that our self-respect has sunk so low that we don’t even think we deserve better than what has been presented to us over the past 27 or even 42 years. We don’t even dare to dream about something better. What is that? Deadbeat peace?

      • Haitham El Khatib says:

        Tension and justice are not necessarily mutually benefit but I was trying to describe the difference between the current state of Lebanese affairs: negative peace (where everything is peaceful but the system is not healthy and not just) vs. what it could be: positive peace (where there is tension, represented by people leaning into demanding their rights and revolting against the existing corrupt sectarian leaders) resulting in justice. I hope I explained myself clearly 🙂 your dream is beautiful

      • Sara El-Yafi says:

        Very well said!! Thanks for expressing this, Haitham. I dearly hope for positive peace!! And for more people like you!

        • Haitham El Khatib says:

          Sara El-Yafi What you said about fatalism and self-respect struck a chord. Deadbeat peace describes it best. You are the beat; keep making your own tracks!

  • Basma Fakri says:

    Love your train of thoughts whether sleep or awake!Sweet dreams!

  • Rima Ghanem Bahout says:

    Saraaaaa!!!????love it!

  • Mayssa Jallad says:

    If this was a David Lynch film, you would have to have a coffee with this man

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  • Tanya says:

    This was me while reading your post:
    Laughs, thoughts, and applause throughout. Thank you.

  • Bashar Lulua says:

    I loved this blog! Sharing!

  • Fida Krayem says:

    I got chills from your writing. How do we get you to rule our country?

  • Jamil Adi says:

    Nail. On. Head.

  • Nicholas Haddad says:

    WOW. Brilliant Sara. Simply brilliant. ??

  • Raymond Khoury says:

    On the plus side, we don’t have Roy Moore. Or the pig-in-chief, for that matter. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Jordan Stone says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Sara

  • Nelida Nassar says:

    happy dreams….with better outcomes….

  • Trk Lulu says:

    ❤️❤️Another brilliant score ⚽️Sara!!!???

  • Harry Albright says:

    AWESOME!!!!!! ??

  • Kareem Khaled says:

    Even your dreams are witty ? you gotta take a break ?

  • Alexander Keefe says:

    Brilliant analysis, witty commentary, and superb writing. Thanks for another great post. ?

  • Nicholas Haddad says:

    The “Mohammad Fneich” touch made me laugh so hard. Brilliant post, Sara.

  • Tanya Kassem says:

    I look forward to your posts like children look forward to their Christmas presents! You’re so, so, so right about everything, as always.

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