Saturday, December 1, 2007

Suleiman's rise: 2 alarming points.

1- The smoke around his presidential deal has dissipated to unravel a US/KSA approval on his name, orchestrated by the French and the Egyptians in a bargain to lure Syria into Annapolis (this is how cheap the M14's alliance with the west is in terms of "price" given to Syria, at least for now)
All of the above basically means that Suleiman is in debt to at least 5 foreign powers, regional and western. That says something about his term right from the start and about his understanding of what "independence" and "people's choice" mean to him, which practically takes us to the second point.

2- Michel Suleiman's mechanisms were in the background of the political scene, his candidacy is not the product of a Lebanese consensus, but rather of a foreign consensus between major players in the region. He practically owes nothing to the Lebanese people who barely know him, his plans, his "program?" or his political skills. I personally commend his walking pace when touring around the barracks in support for our troops, but that's just about it.
How much are the polls and the choice of the people relevant to him? Because he just accepted taking the place of another ex-General who has the support of a significant part of the Lebanese community without even running against him in elections.

I know i may be harsh on the man from square one, but these are important issues that should be addressed before we start cheering for every "experience" not knowing where it may lead.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

With Comment

A land so beautiful, and yet we are so destructive...

Lebanese will never agree, at least not soon.

يظهر الشعب اللبناني اليوم حالاً فريدة من التماهي مع قادة تراوح مآثرهم بين ارتكاب أعمال السطو والقتل على الهوية. إنّ هذا بحدّ ذاته لا يبشّر بمستقبل ورديّ، حتّى لو تمّ التوافق على رئيس... حتّى لو حُلّت مسألة الثلث المعطّل... وحتّى لو تغيّر وجه المنطقة.

Khaled Saghieh in Alakhbar, read the whole article, it says it all.

GwB playing with his imaginary friend

Sunday, November 11, 2007


A lot of talk these days regarding the presidential quagmire and what would result in case a person is not agreed upon to be the next Lebanese president of the 19 tribes. A lot of speculations, analysis and doomsday threats. Something very common in a country where we keep falling in the same traps made by the same people and administered by the same Machiavellian club.
But one rhetoric keeps coming in every discussion about whatever crisis is looming, you will always hear this existential question: "will we ever learn from our history? huh? will we?"
Now the first impression you get is that this question is logical, legitimate and even pretty obvious if you're in any country on the planet, but then again, you realize you're in Lebanon, again.
"History" is a vague tale of unknown and disputed origins in Lebanon, even last week's news and statements are too far back to take them seriously. Nowadays, history is what comes out of tonight's news and tomorrow's newspaper, hills of archives that will dazzle whatever population or civilization discovering them hundreds of years from now after the big war of the 19 tribes have scorched bodies and earth eliminating one of nature's mutation of an entity. Only those future scholars will be able to process that amount of data from long dead outlets, blogs and websites from an infinity of perspectives trapped in the stratosphere.
Our history will only exist for civilizations to learn from after we all perish in our complex spiral of self-destruction that is the product of an ironic nature that gave a land so beautiful to breed a population so destructive that will someday refute Darwin's natural selection theory as the example of a species that self-destructed for the noblest of causes.
History means nothing today as it is too complex to even agree on a timeline and too vague to define in simple 21st century words, let alone to even learn something from it, this is why we will always be in Lebanon ... again.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Lebanon, again, and again...

Fasten your seat belts ladies and gentlemen, very bumpy ride ahead.
Make no mistake fellow readers, Lebanese will never agree.
Everything in Lebanon is a point of view, nothing is true, false, right or wrong. Nothing is defined and agreed upon. Nothing is stable. Nothing is sure. Nothing is going to end.
Welcome to this blog.

While most of the inhabitants of Lebanon are contemplating the days to come regarding the presidential pageant, almost every major country on the planet seems concerned with the outcome of the presidential eliminations and they stress on the need to witness a free, democratic, uninfluenced and sovereign relay of presidents. How deceitful is that?
Democracy is a dead term. It has become like a spell or a sorcerer's word to call upon the demons of our modern days. When Bush uttered the word "democracy", Iraq succumbed to the abyss of civil war and pseudo-sectarian violence. He and his administration have already injected that word into Lebanese politics, its spell is already working like a charm.
Stay tuned.