OUSSAMA ROMDHANI's BLOG: An author's bridge to hope.

welcome note

Hello my friends, wherever you are. Bienvenue mes amis!

Welcome to my blog. Welcome to my bridge to hope. Welcome to my way of making sense in these turbulent times. You will find here most of the opinion pieces and analyses I am periodically publishing in international media. You will also find additional thoughts on various issues including current events in Tunisia, the region and the world. I will appreciate your thoughts, comments and suggestions.

There are times when the well of inspiration seems to run dry. One hopes that that kind of “writer’s block” is only temporary. Inspiration often requires hope. The type of hope that gets you of bed in the morning and has you toying with novel ideas.

Some of us, members of the region’s old regimes, find it more difficult than others to deal with the adverse processes with which we have been faced since 2011. Considering the lack national reconciliation processes, the political and legal limbo has endured in Tunisia. In other Arab nations, violent sectarianism and tribal strife have prevailed. The lines between insurgency and terrorism have also been blurred. Some are tempted to think that redrawing the geographic maps will offer a way out of the current mess. It will not. The situation is only likely to worsen.

Ignoring national reconciliation is expedient in most parts of the region; and international support for national reconciliation is shallow at best. But national reconciliation processes are still the only way to save the region from itself.

In such difficult circumstances one tends to particular appreciate kind words from friends. There have been a few private and public messages of support which I appreciate. Two kind mentions recently: One by Michael Rubin, in the US opinion magazine Commentary and the other in a position paper put out by the Washington-based Heritage Foundation. I am very appreciative of both citations. I hope Mr. Rubin’s recommendation and kind words towards me are deserved. I was happy to hear Michael call for a process of truth and reconciliation in Tunisia. Such a process is still to take place in Tunisia, in order for people to focus on the future instead of the past.

 

8 thoughts on “welcome note

  1. Besma Dafdouf

    “Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul
    And sings the tune without the words
    And never stops at all.”
    ― Emily Dickinson
    Many thanks for the bridge you are offering

    1. Oussama Romdhani Post author

      Hope is what allows us to endure the most difficult of times and to trust humanity’s ability to do good even when it seems often driven by selfishness and greed. Enduring friendships show us that all is not lost after all.
      What is also good about difficult times is that they offer us a realtime illustration of the fact that friendship is a quality value that has nothing to do with numbers. When you build a bridge, what matters is that people dare to use it to cross to the other side. Always, friends are the ones to tread first!
      “وكما قال الشاعر العربي: “أعلل النفس بالآمال أرقبها — ما أضيق العيش لولا فسحة الأمل…”
      I thank you, Besma, and wish you continued success.

  2. Hedi BenAicha

    Happy and healthy belated birthday, my dear friend and Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your entire family.
    You will always remain the voice of wisdom and stability in our beloved Tunisia. The national reconciliation was and still is a goal to reach and without it no sense of belonging will take deep roots. A reconciliation that will allow, generations past and generation to come, to celebrate and relish the sense of community and progressive collective identity.

    You are always on my mind. keep up this wonderful effort.

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