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Friday, June 24, 2005

Open Letter to Saad Hariri Subject: Next Tuesday's Vote

All the Lebanese in Lebanon and abroad are in suspense, awaiting the Parliament’s first session and the ensuing election of its Speaker.

We look up to you as Lebanon’s next savior, following the footsteps of your brave father. We understand that your block holds the tipping power for the choice of the Speaker of the Parliament.

Please, remember not to bring back the same Speaker that for 12 years exemplified pro-Syrian co-operation, made your father’s life as a Prime Minister miserable several times, and contributed to the venomous environment that eventually killed him.

Please do not make the mistake to fall into the low standards of compromise which has plagued the Lebanese political scene, where politicians routinely make deals with each other, regardless of the national interest.

And if you become Prime Minister, you would represent the people’s choice, not only the Sunni’s choice. So, please make the Speaker’s choice a national choice, not just a Chi’a choice, and please help make the President’s choice a national choice, not just a Maronite choice.

Leaders have to rise to the occasion and often make the hard choices over the easy ones. We know you will make the hard choice, and we will look-up to you with even greater admiration because we know that if you make the right decision, it will be your decision, not the result of back-room deal-making.

Lebanon’s future is now in your hands, as it recently was in your Great father’s hands.

Please do not disappoint us.
[You can sign the Petition endorsing this letter here.]


Blogger JoseyWales said...

Well said TM,

Hope someone's listening.

12:53 PM  
Blogger ThinkingMan said...

Thanks. The next memo might go to Batrak.

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Send your open letter to Koraytem before tuesday. You never know, it may touch Saad more than what he hears around him...

And please, write other letters to the batrak, to the general, to joumblat, to sayyed Nasrallah and more if you want... keep writing, we'll keep lighting candles and waving flags in the streets...and hopefully using our minds to build something different.

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well people I say get ready for a huge dissapointment!! I know I won't be dissapointed because it seems that Sheikh Saad is being manipulated and played around with by the mighty sly Walid Jomblatt. We all know that Jomblatt cannot have true loyal friends or allies because depending on the situation or atmosphere, he always manges to swap sides and end up on the prevailing one no matter the consequences and no matter who he betrays. This game of re-electing the same speaker or not has been decided and even formailzed before the elections even started. At the end this was all a game and the citizens are once more the victims of such deciet. Berri will return and the same main figures and parties that controlled parliament for the past 15 years will continue to do so for the next four if not longer. (Jomblatt, Harriri, Hizbullah and Berri).

Samy H

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess time will tell which side of the fence Saad will be on. The question is... What is more important to him, THE PEOPLE or THE JUMBLATT, BERRI, HIZIBALLAH AGENDA?
He holds the political future of Lebanon in his hands.

6:08 AM  
Anonymous Abdel Khaleq Qahtan said...


Dear Saad-an,

Why don’t you just leave Lebanon and go back to Saudi Arabia- your masters must be missing you bad by now and I’m sure the corrupt kingdom has plenty of interesting business opportunities for you and your friends to exploit: you could start a pseudo-Bedouin beauty parlor franchise specializing in faux goatee sacksookeh a la ‘Azzuzy Ibn Fahd ‘Abdel Diqtcheeni

Please, before leaving the country, don’t forget to wire back to the Bank of Lebanon all the billions your dad Rafeeq Al-Harami has stolen between 1992 and 2005

I know your passion for big cars and life (and death) in the fast lane, and from that perspective, it’s really sad your dad egoistically departed so rapidly all by himself: I wish you could have been at his sides in that special moment of rapturous “transport”



7:02 AM  
Blogger ThinkingMan said...

Qahtan Beyk, your letter is cute, but it doesn't contribute to solving the problem we have.

If you were trying to be cynical, you have succeeded.

5:44 AM  

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