A new political movement called Sabaa (Seven) launched yesterday in Lebanon and it was a rather disappointing start. To begin with, the press conference they held was not properly organized, the speakers were not well prepared and going live on Facebook was a bad idea in my opinion, especially when you don’t have anything exciting to present. When you spend over $60,000 on a nation-wide campaign, the least you can do is set up a proper venue and prepare yourself for launching your idea or party or whatever that is.

In fact, I listened to the whole press conference (25 minutes) and I still don’t understand what they are trying to achieve. They’re basically presenting a Utopian movement with unrealistic goals that are almost impossible to achieve in the next 50 years or more. Of course there’s nothing wrong with giving hope to the people and dreaming big, but you need to have a concrete and pragmatic short-term plan that will materialize in the next 3 to 5 years, otherwise this is a waste of time.

On another note, I still didn’t get what Sabaa stands for. Is it the victory sign because Sabaa (7 the number) is shaped like one? If that’s the case, wasn’t that Aoun’s slogan for years? All in all, I wish them all the best and I hope they will be able to achieve anything but this was a failed start in my opinion.