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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Lies, Absurdities and More Lies

In the last two days, I managed to read a number of absurdities or lies from various media sources. Among them, a report from the Online Journal, claiming that “Hariri reportedly was assassinated to make way for large US air base in Lebanon”, and that it had been “ultimately authorized by two key White House officials, Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliot Abrams.” The article claims that this revelation was obtained from high-level Lebanese Intelligence sources.

Well, if they expect us to believe such lies, they are doing a lousy job at providing any evidence or even leaking something that is close to being believable. This article was also published on the Conspiracy Archive News web site. It is so typical of Middle-Eastern politics to be often dominated by conspiracy theories and unsubstantiated thoughts aimed at brain-washing the average reader or television viewer.

And on the absurdities side, according to the Daily Star, Speaker Nabih Berri (I didn’t know he was in charge of Foreign Affairs) apparently responded Friday to British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw's comment on the reappointment of Prime Minister Omar Karami by urging him "to name the Lebanese prime minister he wants, to dissipate his concern." And the “the Lebanese Foreign Ministry asked the Lebanese Embassy in the U.K. to explain to the British Foreign Department that the president does not appoint the prime minister, saying the appointment was the result of consultations between the president and MPs.”

We all know that Lebanese politicians are masters of creativity when it comes to making something appear like something else. And of course, what do you expect from a pro-Syrian dominated parliament? Do you really expect them to re-cycle anything less than the same old, same old? That Berri is slick as oil. He sure has a way with words, and his cynicism stoops at such low levels. Straw must be shaking his head about this.

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