Are middle-aged Lebanese men in this city getting slightly more aggressive? I don’t wanna bore you with another traffic story, but this morning a man tried to cut traffic by driving his beat-up vehicle on the unpaved side of the street. I spotted him through my left side-mirror about to dive-in right in front of me. So I drove forward and made it impossible for him. I mean, come on, why does this guy think he can do that when the rest of us are waiting ?
He rolled down his window, pulled his arm out and looked like he was about to drive right into my car. So me being the persistent girl I am, went head to head with this gremlin of man who now appeared to be missing his two front teeth. The enraged man yelled and screamed demanding I move over and let him pass. Then he said the most outrageous jaw-dropping sexual remark to me. So I yelled it right back at him with the word “imak” in there. That’s when all hell broke loose.
Suddenly the man gets out of his car and walks right towards my window. I immediately locked my doors and rolled up my windows. He was bellowing so loud my window was covered with spit. People were just sitting in their cars watching all this go down like it was a very usual phenomenon. Traffic in front of me just moved and I stepped on the pedal almost throwing off the man who was now holding on to my car. He hung on for a while longer but then I really stepped on it and that’s when he let go.
It got me thinking- would this man actually have assaulted me had I not closed my windows? My co-worker told me it was my fault- and that I should not have sworn back at him- that I asked for it. She said, I should just recognize that trouble-makers and let them pass, even if it means he’s taking away from my rights.
We encounter many many people like this everyday here in Lebanon. If we do let them get away with this kinda crap- doesn’t that mean that we have all become enablers? Bisoux