CHRONICLE - Rather than abandoning the war-torn Syrian populations to exile and uprooting, our political leaders should insist on the need to rebuild. The rest is only illusion, false generosity, destructive utopia.
"Draw me what you want," said the big one to the child, handing him a sheet of paper and a pencil. "What do I want?", Replies the child, incredulous. "Yes, what you want," the adult repeats. Then the child takes the paper, the pencil, and he draws a house, a tree, a sun. The great is called Omar Abi Azar; he is the co-founder of Zoukak Collective, a Lebanese theater company that devotes itself to the traumatized wars of the Middle East; the child is a Syrian refugee encountered in one of the camps of Lebanon. This true story, Omar Abi Azar, was told when she received, at the Musée du Quai Branly, the Culture for Peace Award (co-sponsored by the Fondation Chirac and the Culture and Diversity Foundation).
The house, the tree, the sun. The symbolism is strong. The little boy who draws his drawing on his sheet sees nothing but a dream. What is he thinking? At home, which is his roof, his protection, his family; to the tree, which is its decor and its country; in the sun, heat and life. That's what he's thinking about. What we call his roots, to find a lost identity.
It is this obsession that the leaders of this world, our political leaders, should have in mind: not that of abandoning these people wounded by the war to exile and uprooting but rebuilding for them, at most quickly, at the earliest, their house, and plant their trees. The rest is only illusion, false generosity, destructive utopia.
It is enough to understand to open the collection of the editorials of Claude Imbert in Point (Chronicles, at Plon). Take the one from December 13, 1997, exactly twenty years ago, Chirac was president, Jospin prime minister, and the war had not ravaged Syria; But Claude Imbert already warned against the perverse effects of massive transfers of illegal immigrants, in the name of all the good intentions of the world, alas spoiled "by the angelism and the carelessness". "It is aimed at the generous integration of exotic populations," he wrote, "and the disintegration of the social body is harvested." You can not take your house and tree with you, or even the sun, so easily.