Archive for June 16, 2005
I was talking to two people who attended the early days of the Hummus festivities in Lebanon following the assassination of Hariri. They say that the `Awn people were running the show. Among the racist anti-Syrian slogan chanted (and not reported in the Arabic or the Western press) were: “Ya Bashshar, Ya Bashshar; Ash-Sha`b As-Suri [...]
This is clear: Gen. Michel `Awn has obtained some appeal, not only among Christians where he is hugely popular, but also among some secularists and Muslims. But they tend to be cautious and just giving him the benefit of the doubt.
A well-known–no, a very well-known–American journalist got a hold of incriminating documents revealing the financial nature of the relationship between the Rafiq Hariri and Jacque Chirac. He was planning a major story about it when his sources in the US government pressured him to not run it for the time being.