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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

How Absurd Can Lebanese Politicians Be?

Here’s a typical example. Foreign Minister Hammoud (a remnant from the previous pro-Syrian Karame government) is complaining about “foreign interference” from Brussels where he is meeting with EU officials.

He called for a halt to the foreign interference in the internal affairs of any country under the pretext of promoting democracy, adding that he favored "the exchange of advice."

Minister Hammoud was over-reacting to reports in the Lebanese press (which were later categorically denied by the U.S. Embassy) that U.S. Ambassador Feltman had entered a polling station in Beirut (whereas in reality he waited outside,while Senator Biden made a visit, as an inspector).

How absurd of a statement could that be? Especially that in the meantime, it has been reported that 3 Syrian intelligence officials were in the North to help candidates win pro-Syrian seats. So, in Hammoud’s logic, it’s OK for Syria to continue to interfere, but it’s not OK for the U.S. to “promote” democracy. The linkage to Ambassador Feltman alleged visit to a polling station was just a pretext to attack the U.S. again.

And what is wrong in promoting democracy? Is our democracy so perfect that Hammoud is advocating that we don’t need lessons in democracy in Lebanon? Hammoud’s comments are so typical of Lebanese politicians. By these types of statements and actions, they are showing that they are no different in their mentality than the Mubarak’s, Assad’s and other Arab dictators. The only difference is they were disguised under the name of Lebanese democracy.

I hope that these types of Lebanese politicians have no more influence in the affairs of the country.

27 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Hammoud is a total idiot, and so ugly, and his mama dresses him funny!!!

12:29 PM  
Anonymous JoseyWales said...

You want absurd? You want madness? Here are a few recent examples off the top of my head. Not word-for-word, but pretty close. By comparison, Hammoud's recent idiocy is deep and defensible.

Emile Lahoud and others: Israel has no right to unilaterally withdraw from South Lebanon (before the 2000 Israeli withdrawal, see because it was good for the Israelis and bad for Syria].

Emile Lahoud and others: The situation is too delicate in the South to send the army. {My comment: what is the army for? Escorting dignitaries to the airport and to the ballet?, and this guy was commander in chief?]

Jean Obeid: A couple of years ago: The only foreign troops in Lebanon are the Israeli army in Shebaa.


Albert Mansour, before the Syrian withdrawal: We would rather lose with Syria than win with Israel and the US {My comment: what you win or lose is not the issue, the issue is to stick with Syria you see, even if they're going to hell and taking us with them).

I'd better stop before I get really sick.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Charles Malik said...

I can't believe we published on pretty much the same topic at the same time.
It shows that the rhetoric has just gone beyond all reasonable bounds.
Shouldn't our officials have to take competency tests before taking office? They should at least know which country they are an official of.

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Blogger ThinkingMan said...

thanks Josey for that list; i am sure there are many more that went unchecked in the past 15 years!

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The Syrians control a powerful criminal enterprise with many assassins in their employ. Only a very brave man or a fool would dare to stand up against them. Perhaps something of both. You have my admiration.

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