HA officials have spent all yesterday "warning" March 14th from protesting in the Martyrs Square, since this would escalate the situation and lead to uncontrolled violent acts.
They also said that "There are many squares in Liban for March 14th to protest in". I agree that if March 8th supporters stayed in the Martyrs Square till February 14th, it wouldn't be safe for March 14th to protest there, since we all know the uprising tension between the two sides, and it's almost impossible to prevent clashes of two huge masses siting next to each other.
So, where should March 14th protest? I think the best area would be "da7ieh l jnoubieh" "The Southern Suburb". HA used to hold huge masses in the main square there, and now since HA supporters are busy in the Martyrs Square, the square at the "da7ieh" would be convenient. March 14th can also make tents there, and who knows, maybe burn some tires. In short, they can do all the "peaceful" acts of protesting just like March 8th are doing in Martyrs Square.
Last time I checked, the square there is a public space, and March 14th can protest there. And since March 8th is a peaceful democratic movement, then they wouldn't mind letting their political rivals "express" their opinion in the "da7ieh", would they?
And, in order for March 14th to avoid accusation of being "un-national", the Christian wing of March 14th can hold a similar protest at Zgharta's main square. Of course, no escalation would take place, since it is a democratic way of expressing opinion that the constitution approves.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
HA officials have spent all yesterday "warning" March 14th from protesting in the Martyrs Square, since this would escalate the situation and lead to uncontrolled violent acts.
Monday, January 29, 2007
They say a picture worth a thousand word, well NOT ANYMORE! Especially with the advance in technology, and the enormous abilities that ANYONE can use to manipulate digital photos.
N10452 and Mustapha showed that clearly on their websites. The pictures are taken from their websites, and it shows how one can make a fool out of himself by using such "cheap" methods to provoke to fight each other.
This picture was taken during the last July war.
This picture was taken from the Last "Black Tuesday".
And this picture shows how you "twist facts" and provoke people to kill each other!
That picture was used by al-akhbar newspaper (pro-HA) and even by General Aoun in a talk-show live on al-manar tv. The picture below shows Aoun holding up this very same picture and accusing LF of being "Ze3ran" "Street thugs".
So dear General, what do you have to say for yourself now? You say you wanna fight corruption, but what do you call what you are doing? Isn't it some kind of corruption as well? Or you can find some sentence in the constitution that makes "this act" a legal and legitimate one as well???!!! I'm NOT gunna talk to al-manar tv, since we all know that there is NO WAY you can buy any of the crap this channel (together with al-akhbar newspaper, future tv and al-mostaqbal newspaper) tend to advertise for.
Wake up people, wake up!
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah had a speech last night. As usual, his political rivals were accused (for the 100000000 time) of being Israeli agents whom their primary objective is to destroy Liban and surrender to the American and their Israeli allies. He also emphasized on HA divine role in protecting Liban from those who are trying to change its identity, steal its resources and kill its people. Nothing new in that, for sure he was more than successful and extremely charismatic in driving people over the edge shouting all in one voice "Labbayka Nasrallah" "We're all for you Nasrallah".
But, he was very clear in "inhibiting" his supporters from any kind of violent act against other Lebanese. He was very clear in this that he actually used the words "I kiss you hands, please do not use violence against fellow Lebanese". He also emphasized that it is the "State's role" to catch those who killed the innocent people and make sure that justice will prevail in the end. For that, I can't but to thank Sayyed Nasrallah; at least he admits that there's a state that should take control and be in charge.
His speech -though was full of the usual "you are traitors, and we are the pure ones"- had a good outcome in that he was very clear in ordering people NOT to use violence.
But, why did Nasrallah do that? Now there can be many reasons but I think there are two main reasons why he chose to calm things down:
1) He is having troubles controlling his followers; I've never heard him "begging" or shall I say "asking" his supporters NOT to do something. He always used to just tell them what to do and what not to do, and they used to just listen to him. So why, all of a sudden, he decides to declare "Fatwa" "A religious order" to make people calm down and not go to violent acts? Maybe he felt that it is better to keep things under control rather than loosing HA biggest advantage, its supporters' complete obedience.
2) He realized that any more escalation would lead to a change in the way the pro-government parties are behaving. While HA can easily control his territories, he realized that its allies (Aoun, Franjeih, Arslan and Karame) don't have that much of an influence, and an escalation in the North, Mount Liban can't be controlled, specially with the reaction from the pro-government forces, and their clear intention NOT to accept farther escalation like the one that took place last Tuesday.
The government did an outstanding job at Paris-3, and it won't be in the opposition best interest to declare another civil disobedience, for it will give March 14th the chance to claim that while they are trying to get the economy back on its feet, the opposition is just killing it for good.
But where does that lead us? What will happen next? March 14th seems to be more determined, and there are voices calling for the Downtown protest to come to an end, and that a parliament session or another "negotiating table" should be arranged for all parties to sit and talk things over, so that the economy can have a chance to revive. It also seems that the Saudi-Iranian negotiations are going on the right track, which will "inhibit" any farther escalation from the opposition's side. But let us NOT fool ourselves; that doesn't mean that the conflict is over yet.
You see, the main goal out of this struggle is very clear; it is the presidential elections. All parties know that unless the government and the opposition reach an understanding regarding who the next president will be, there will be no elections, and the authorities of the president will be transferred to the government. That's why HA and the rest of the opposition group are trying their best NOT to let this government see that day, and it is the same reason why March 14th are trying NOT to let things escalate any farther, because they know that if they wanna be in charge, this government must hold on till the presidential elections.
What will happen next? Well, it seems like a boxing heavy weight championship match, and the two sides are trying their best to hold on and wait for the other side to fall apart first. And at this stage of the match, it is too damn early to decide who would win.
One thing we can be sure of, we won't have a true peace of mind till the presidential elections issue is cleared out. Only then will the rising conflict come to an end. And the only losers till then are us, the Lebanese suffering to survive.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Finally! Better late than never I guess. It's about time the army starts taking control and stabilize the country.
As I said before, no matter who are they, those who cause ANY KIND of trouble should be arrested. Should these measures have been taken earlier, maybe we wouldn't have reached this sad full situation.
The army is our hope, and we should try our best NOT to encourage any kind of violence, because this is NOT how things should be done in Liban.
God bless Liban
Things are escalating fast. We can't pretend that what's going on is simple and temporal. There should be strict measures to end this madness.
The army should move! The army is responsible for maintaining security. It is NOT acceptable anymore to let people (whoever these people are) go to the streets with stones, pipes and even guns, and start terrorizing citizens and destroying properties.
The army keep saying that it can't take sides. WHO THE HICK IS ASKING YOU TO TAKE SIDES???!!!! Whoever is causing violence, regardless of his religion, sect or political background, should be arrested and put in jail, AS SIMPLE AS THAT!
No one is supporting such acts, and all political parties are denying any relation with "trouble makers", then for God's sake how is maintaining the state's security is being translated as "taking sides"?
For how long can things be under control? For how long will people listen and stay calm??!! People are being injured and killed, how can you tell them that the authorities will protect you when they see that their properties and kids are being attacked while the army is just watching!!!!
THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE! The army should take control and put an end to all kind of mass riots and trouble makers, REGARDLESS OF WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
What do you think will happen next Tuesday?
The Results were:
72% = Nothign will change
14% = Army will engage with protestors
14% = Opposition will declare "civil disobedience"
NOTE: The results doesn't reflect "FaiLaSooF Says" point of view; it's based on annonymous voting.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
What happen today was a huge mistake. And no,, no one has the right to go above the law.
The opposition did what exactly today? What changes did its escalation do? NOTHING. Why? simply because this is NOT how things happen in Liban.
The question remains, if the government is to be toppled, what is the alternative? A new government needs the Parliament acceptance, which is with March 14th, so the "Blocking third" is just a dream.
The opposition knows that for sure, then why are they doing what they are doing? Because they know they can't elect the new President, and if no president is elected, then the government will takes his/her duty till a new one is elected. And that's what they are trying to change. Having a "blocking third" can help them in toppling the government, a card they can use with the presidential election negotiations.
Economy, the right to share, Lebanese version of democracy, living in dignity...all these are just slogans to mask the true intentions. Pretty much like liberating Lebanese soils, eliminating the Zionist thread, and Sheb'aa farms slogans, does anyone hear about these now? Of course not, the big boss is busy with something else now.
Wake up people...wake up
Can anyone tell me why didn't the army do its job right from the beginning?
Putting tires on fire has become a legal act???!! What's going on people?
I was criticizing the opposition for mimicking March 14th actions, but if this is how they can be creative, then I take it back, mimic us as much as you want, at least bu that we'll know you'll abide by the law.
Weren't we in the streets before? didn't we go in demonstrations demanding our goals to be fulfilled? When did we burn tires? When did we closed international roads? Is this how you want to change things? You really think this is helping Liban?
I've seen scenes today I thought we won;t ever see again; ugly pictures of the ugly civil war. Poor innocent people crying out, asking protesters to let the country live. Why general? We supported you with everything we have when you insisted that war is not the way, and we can achieve our goals through politics. Why you agree on doing this? Is this the real face of FPM that we didn't know? Why "Hakim"? Why you allowed LFers to go in the streets and fight? You have amazed me and many more ever since you were put in jail, with your peaceful approach and believe in Liban for all Lebanese. Why Nasrallah? Is this a victory? Is this something you can be proud of? What's going on inside your heads? You'll fight and fight and fight, then what? NOTHING, war can solve nothing in Liban, when are you going to understand that?
Back to the army, WHY?????? FOR GOD'S SAKE WHY? Why did you allow such acts to take place? If you are able to act, then what kept you till people started killing each other????!!!
Anger, frustration and disgust....that's what I feel......
It's 1:20 am now. In less than 7 hours, the next escaltation of the opposition protest wil begin. As I am sitting and waiting what will happen next, I can't but go back in time, and remember the dramatic past 5 years, and how what was once called the "impossible" itself became a living reality.
I can't but to think: Are we on teh right track? Should we gave up? should we move on? And once again, I remember that "old lady"! For those who don;t know who I'm talking about, here's her story. I wrote a post about two months ago under the title "Baddi Moot Feda Lebnen" "I Want To Die For The Sake of Liban"; here is the post:
Every time we say good bye to one of our martyrs, and after the emotional reaction and marching to downtown insisting on continuing our struggle till the end, I sit by myself and start wondering!
I start asking myself, did we take the right choice? Is the decision to continue fighting is the suitable decision? Does our cause worth the great souls we are loosing? I will be honest here and admit that there have been times where I thought that maybe we should stop; we have lost enough, and it’s not worth it.
But then, I see the reactions of our political rivals (NOT enemies), and I realize that even though we love our martyrs, and we badly miss them, but at the end we love Liban even more! And there’s no way we can give up and stop walking down the road till the end.
It’s normal to sometimes hesitate, and it’s normal to feel that maybe it is enough, and that we have lost a lot. But I always realize that may love and passion for Liban is what always make me come back stronger than ever, and willing to continue till the end.
I remember back in March 14th, 2005, and while we were marching to Martyrs Square in the bus, we saw a very old lady (almost 80!) driving her old car with one hand, and holding Liban’s flag with the other! We were so surprised, and we asked her: “What are you doing?” I can NEVER forget the look on her face as she replied: “Baddi moot feda Lebnen!” ( I want to die for the sake of Liban!). When ever I recall that old lady, I just get more and more determined to continue our struggle till we reach the Liban we always dream about. It’s NEVER about people; because people come and go, and it’s only LIBAN that lasts for ever……
Monday, January 22, 2007
They are trying to kill our baby dream. They are trying to take us back. They are trying to tell us that we were living a fantasy; that we will never see the Liban we spent our whole lives dreaming about.
They are trying to convince us that we don't deserve to live the way we want. They are trying to steal the hope that our martyrs lit inside us. They are trying to tell us that our time is not now, and it will never be. They are trying to convince us that Liban can't be free. They are trying to tell us that Liban can't be independent. They are trying to say that we can't live in peace. They are trying to force us to accept that democracy in Liban means civil war.
To all of you who share the dream of better Liban, to all of you who won't surrender, to all of you who won't give up our Liban. I ASK YOU ALL TO STAY ALERT, NEVER QUIT AND NEVER ACCEPT TO LIVE WITHOUT OUR DREAM, A FREE INDEPENDENT PROSPER LIBAN THAT WE SEEK, AND DESERVE........
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Yet another escalation, yet another demonstration, yet another round of boxing between the opposition and the majority, seriously I'm fed up!
Everybody now is convinced that the government will not be toppled by democratic peaceful means, simply because the constitution of the republic doesn't give much weight to demonstration, and no matter how many "millions" go into the streets, the government has the confidence of the parliament majority.
Everybody also knows that the opposition is not willing to go back, and end it's almost two-month protest without gaining its demands, or at least some of them. And the opposition's leaders KNOW that they can't achieve such demands without an "agreement" with the majority.
Knowing that, can anyone tells me what is the goal behind the next Tuesday "General Strike"? And what difference will it make? One thing is for sure, it is a good test of "popularity" of the two sides, providing that people will have freedom of choice of either staying home, or going to work.
The only step left for the opposition is "Civil Disobedience", but such step is very risky, because it will involve the army and the internal forces "engaging" with protesters, and a "potential" engagement between the army and HA troops, would the opposition allow such thing to happen? The government has no other option but to order the army to end the civil disobedience, and I don't know how will Ha respond...Can anyone tells me where is the benefit for Liban in such escalation?
God protect the country, as we have reached to the very edge of yet another "war" in our country......
Thursday, January 18, 2007
"Me no terrorist" is a famous Lebanese play. The play talks about "Em Hssein", the Lebanese lady that fulfills her dreams in going to America and becoming a US citizen before being put in jail after being accused of being a "terrorist". The play goes on showing how many people started to arrange campaigns and support groups to support the just cause of "Em Hssein". Eventually, "Em Hussein" becomes a "profitable project" that finances many people, but only as long as "Em Hussein" remains in jail! Irony of life, we all support "Em Hssein", but we need her to stay in jail to remain getting the benefit out of her "just cause"!
Same thing happens nowadays, yet in different form. Feras Hatoum, the famous New TV reporter, has recently become the new "Em Hssein"! New TV started a 24-hour campaign talking about the "heroic" characteristics of Hatoum, and how he set an example of all reporters around the world, and how New TV is always the leading sourec for truth in Liban. Hatoum's documentary about Zuheir El- Seddek gained the best advertisement that any TV program can even dream of. And of course, with the political tension in the country, almost all parties started using the new "Em Hssein" card in the political conflict; demonstrations here and there, live talk shows hosting all kinds of politicians demanding freedom for "Em Hssein" as Lebanon was and always be the land of free media! And recently, Al-Akhbar newspaper has used "Em Hssein" in its continuous attacks on the government. Even the government's ministers started to use "Em Hssein" as a proof of its integrity and transparency. All this going on, and NO ONE knows what happened to the investigation with Hatoum, or should I say, no body CARES, as long as Hatoum is in jail, the "Em Hssein" card can be used EFFECTIVELY!
No one seems to be interested in discussion the issue from a legal point of view. Feras has ALL THE RIGHT in the world to search for truth. In fact, it is his DUTY to search for this truth. However, he (or anyone else, for that matter) has NO RIGHT WHAT SO EVER in breaking the law. And it is his CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to have a fair and just investigation and even trial to decide if he broke the law or not. This is what we should be discussing. It annoys me to see people defending him and making a hero out of him, regardless of whether he broke the law or not.
Unfortunately, Hatoum has become the new "Em Hssein", and while almost every one is supporting him, and making all kinds of demonstrations and support groups to demand his freedom, no one seems to be interested in getting him out of jail, or at least in him getting a fair investigation. His case has become a "golden card" that must be used till the end......
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
So I realized that the lovely ladies, eve and rat, are trying to understand men, and so they came up with research questions in order to have an idea about how we "men" think and behave.
Nevertheless, I found set of rules to make it easier for in understanding the "difference" between us and them, maybe this will help them in their task :)
These are our rules! Please note, these are all numbered "1".
1. Men ARE not mind readers.
1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.
1. Crying is blackmail.
1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it! (honesty is better)
1. Yes and No are perfectly Acceptable answers to almost every question.
1. Come to us with a problem only If you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for (or tell us -in advance- that you want sympathy, not solutions)
1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem . See a doctor.
1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us; if we said "yes", then we don't find you attractive anymore, and if we said "no", we are mean jerk liers!!!!
1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one (We really do mean the other one).
1. You can either ask us to do something Or tell us how you want it done, Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.
1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials ( No need to open "serious" talks during the final game!)
1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.
1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," We will act like nothing's wrong.We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle (because some how we end up being mistaken!!!)
1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, Expect an answer you don't want to hear.
1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear Is fine...Really.
1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as football, the problems with the corrupted boss ... etc
1. You have enough clothes.
1. You have too many shoes.
1. Thank you for reading this.
Hope this was useful :)
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Well, has anyone of you ever wondered about the strategy being adapted by the opposition? And what is their main goal? Here is what I thought about earlier today...
It seems the opposition is following a strategy by which in would de-value (empty) the March 14th power points, by mimicking these power points and therefore cancelling out their effect! Here are few examples that support my theory:
Ever since the famous March 14th, 2005, March 14th ers have always bragged about their "popular support", and how they can gather a huge number from all over Liban supporting their political goals. What did the opposition do? Not only did they make a huge demonstration, but also they put up a huge number of tents, and invented a "continuous" pattern of this demonstration. By doing that, they "stole" the demonstration card from March 14th, and almost all Lebanese (particularly the neutral ones) believe now that demonstrations can lead to nothing, as both sides have the ability to gather huge numbers any time.
"I love life" campaign seemed to be working in a huge success, especially among the youth who found something they are looking for in that campaign; most of them love life, and they "wanna live" in prosperity. What did the opposition do? They made an anti-campaign of the same context. Again, Lebanese now feel sick and tired of the "millions" of billboards covering the highways with "i love life" logo, that started to seem silly and meaningless.
March 14th was very successful in making so many "local" "small" demonstrations in many parts of Liban, supporting the government, and showing ability to "stand" in the face of the opposition's trials to topple the government. What did the opposition do? They started making "local" and "small" demonstrations as well; stealing (once again) this card from March 14thers, and increasing the Lebanese public disgust from the whole concept.
March 14th MPs signed a paper, asking the Speaker of the Parliament to hold a Parliament session, accusing President Lahhoud of breaking the constitution, and asking to judge him. What did the opposition do? Their Mps signed a paper asking the Parliament Speaker to hold up a Parliament session, accusing the Prime Minister Seniora of breaking the constitution, and asking to judge him!
Could all these events be a simple coincidence? It's highly unlikely, it has developed to become a pattern, adapted by the opposition, to face March 14th efforts. Is this strategy working? You tell me what you think.....
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
So it's Buffalo-chicken-wings open day at Hard Rock cafe. Jean, Nabil and I made a bet on who can eat the most. In order to prepare for the competition, I didn't had lunch, and did my best NOT to eat anything till I get my hands on the Buffalo wings. We arrived round 9 pm. It was the first time I go to Hard Rock Cafe. I must admit, the style and the decoration were just AMAZING.
Once you go inside, a huge car-front welcomes you! and right next to it, you can see a lovely bike standing in bride. The walls were filled with pictures of famous Rock starts, together with discs of their best-selling-records.
We were almost 15. But the main event was to see who would eat the most of the delicious wings. And so it started; Jean and I were sitting right next to each other, and we decided that we would order the plates at the same time, so that the competition would be more intense.
As you can see, the wings were irresistible, Up till the 5th plate, I had no problem, and I had tried the four different kinds they offered; barbecue, medium spicy, heavy spicy and regular. The DJ was playing famous Rock music non-stop, and he was great in getting us in an atmosphere of competition, yet enjoying each and every bite, and of course drinking a lot of Pepsi and beer.
All in all, it was a great experience, and a good way to get out of the awful endless political conflict that the country has been going through for some time now. I want to thank our waitress, Eveline; she was so kind and put up with our non-stopping demands :)
Sunday, January 07, 2007
It's always fun to watch Lebanese political talk-shows. Since it is Sunday, I had lotsa free time to just sit and watch TV.
My first adventure was on Al-Manar TV. Now you could ask me, how come you watch that channel? The answer is simple: "Looking for variety!" Any how, they had this talk-show where they were hosting Mr. Albert Mansour. The funny thing about that show was that both, the host and the guest were taking turns in making fun of the Majority. The host says: "But what about the majority, sir? They believe that the country is ruined after the war?", to which Mr. Mansour reply: "Who even listen to those people? they are simply taking orders from the Israelis just like in the past when they were taking orders from the Syrians before. Just let them say what they want, they are nothing but dolls". Hmmm....let me remember, wasn't Mr. Mansour a minister back in the Syrian-era? Does that mean he was a doll too, and now he's free? Or he's still a doll, but he just didn't want to change his master?
And tonight, I was delighted to watch New TV. They hosted Mr. Slaiman Franjieh. I got to say, the host was excellent, he was very objective and he did his best to provoke Mr. Franjieh to speak up, excellent work! And now we come to Mr. Franjieh. What a man! He talked about so many things (as usual), but certain things kept ringing in my head.
"I was against elongating president Lahhoud's term", hmmmm...then why did you vote for it then?
"I had the power to change many things dying the Syrian era, but I decided to go with the flow" hmmm, like what exactly? And shouldn't we blame you for NOT changing things when you saw that they were wrong?
"I loved Rafiq Hariri! I was on his list in the 2000 elections!" Do I even have to comment on this?
"Jumblatt is among those who keep changing their positions, I don't find a way to communicate with such people" Excuse me, who just said that he was on Hariri's list in 2000 elections? You don't call that "changing positions"?
"I'm still at my word, we will progress up to closing roads and paralysing the country till our demands are met" Thank you very much for assuring that to us :)
Finally, what's better than to watch Future TV? They always have some people on live talk-shows supporting the government, cursing the so called-president, and insisting that the Tribunal is the solution for all our problems, with no one from the other side to argue or even say his/her opinion.
What's wrong with you guys? You call that political talk-shows? This is crap! Simple pure CRAP! Among all the so-called political talk-shows, the only one that can still be seen is "Kalam El-nass" by M. Ghanem, at least we can still see opposing opinions, and an excellent host who knows how to provoke those he host to say what they don't want to say. And just to be fair, the program I saw today on New TV, which hosted Mr. Franjeih, the host was really good, sorry because I don't know his name.
Friday, January 05, 2007
What has happen to us? Don't we ever learn? Haven't we been through enough SHIT already? Why do we insist on doing the same mistakes again and again and again??!!
What is wrong with the Lebanese youth? What does the majority of us keep blindly following their political leaders, even when they make no sense at all? When are you going to wake up and follow the principle instead of the man, who easily is transformed into a god?
Not only that, now we are willing to defend any one who is on our side, regardless whether he is right or wrong, only because we are so damn polarized that we are NOT willing to admit that one of our "people" can make a mistake.
Firas Hatoum, the guy has become a god, by all means. He was caught on tape, BREAKING and ENTERING into Seddek's house, STEALING documents, and MAKING a show out it, and what happened? March 8th support him! They say he is a hero, why? Simply because he is on their side.
SSNP members got caught with explosives in their own houses, and they admit they took orders to make terrorist explosions, and what happens? March 8th support them.
Why? Wrong is wrong, even if it's from your own side. It's simple.
And before you guys jump on me, same thing goes for March 14th, no exceptions allowed.
Wake up people....WAKE UP
As if he was sent to Liban just to ruin every single damn thing! The so-called president seems like he is willing to do anything to destroy the country.
Just like what he did in the past, our dearest president is doing it yet one more time. I would love if the media could open up its archive and check what Lahhoud said just before Paris-2 and compare it to what he is saying just before Paris-3. As if time is repeating itself one more time.
What gets on my nerves even more is that he's giving us lectures about what is "constitutional" and what's NOT, even though EVERY SINGLE LEBANESE SOUL (including him) knows that he is the "unconstitutional" state in Liban.
Just leave Paris-3 and get it out of the political conflict, we are so close to total breakdown, and we need to tighten up and get used of the international help before it is toooooooooo late.
We should know when to stop arguing, and this is the time, just give Paris-3 a chance, we wanna live, we wanna live.....
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
No body argues that Saddam Hussein was one of most brutal dictators that the world has seen. For 35 years, he showed his people as well as his neighbors the worst kind of dictatorship, and led his country from being the most powerful Arab nation to pieces of a country where people are killed according because of their religious beliefs.
The irony of the matter, that the execution of that dictator, in awful way that was carried out, made him a "Hero" in most of the Arabs eyes! Any reader of Al Jazeera or Al Arabiya websites would notice that.
Which makes me think, if US is really trying to prove to the world that its strategy in Iraq is successful, then how come the Americans allowed such a HUGE mistake to happen?
One theory suggests that the Americans believe that the execution was kind of a "threat message" to all Arab leaders, showing them the end of any leader who would refuse to implement the US policy. The US is also showing the Arab and Muslim world that the Americans can do whatever they want to whoever they want without any one being able to stop them. But frankly, I think that this stupid and meaningless! The Americans have shown all Arab leaders that they an invade any country they want when they want to, and they already got Saddam and he's been sentenced to death.
Another theory suggests that this is one way to try to STOP the Iranian and therefore Shiites increasing influence in the region! How is that possible? Well simply enough, just check the comments on the articles talking about Saddam execution on Al Jazeera, Al Arabia or even BBC Arabic. Almost all comments are full with anger, hate and cursing of the Shiites! Most Arabs now accuse the Shiites in Iraq that they have become a "Toy" in the US hands, and that they are killing the symbols of the Sunni leaders starting by Saddam! You could feel the hidden tension in their writings, many of them saying that the Iranian influence is getting bigger and bigger, and that we (they mean the Sunnies) should stand up and defend our lands!
But wouldn’t that complicate the already complicated situation in Iraq? How would US benefit from that? Well, as long as there is a civil war in Iraq (or destabilization, as it is perceived by many), US forces will stay in Iraq, close enough to Iran, just in case a military action against Iran is ever considered. Another bonus would be increasing the pressure on HA and its allies in Lebanon, by increasing the tension between Sunnies and Shiites, which will lead to farther pressure on HA to be disarmed.
Many people would find this theory valid, and it goes hand-by-hand with the famous "Creative Chaos" theory! But would that be true? Did the Americans just use Saddam's card for one last time so that they try to stop the increasing Iranian influence in the region? Is it in the US best interest NOT to have a stable Iraq? I mean, as long as Iraq is unstable, the US methods in dealing with terrorism will still be considered a total failure, and it’ going to be extremely difficult for them to gain an international approval of their methods in the future. How can that be beneficial for the Americans? What about the daily increasing number of American casualties in Iraq (became over 3000 now)? And what about the increasing Arab hate and Anti-American feelings? How can US prevent revolutions over its allies of Arab leaders? What about Syria and Middle East peace plans?
Seems to be rather confusing, I've been killing my brain cells thinking about since Saddam's Execution. I really find it just and fair that he is executed, but I can't but to agree that the way the execution was carried out what was NOT appropriate. Especially that it made a criminal look like a hero, and it only intensified the increasing tension between Sunnies and Shiites.