Archive for May 10, 2008
Notice the picture of Saddam Husayn behind the (non)militia men of Hariri.
The Bush Doctrine has a special component regarding freedom of speech. “Jordanian authorities have banned all events marking the “Nakba,” or Catastrophe, as Arabs refer to the creation of Israel 60 years ago.” (thanks Laleh)
From comrade Rami: “Nasrallah speaks as if there is no future, but Jumblat, Hariri and Sanioura speak as if there is no past.”
Is Rafiq Hariri still alive, and we did not know? “La majoritÃƒÂ© anti-syrienne a saluÃƒÂ© la dÃƒÂ©cision de l’armÃƒÂ©e. Dans un communiquÃƒÂ©, l’un des leaders, Rafic Hariri, a estimÃƒÂ© qu’elle Ã‚Â«ouvrait la voie ÃƒÂ une solutionÃ‚Â». (thanks Zita)
The text of the open letter from the Syrian Social National Party to Sa`d Hariri and Fu’ad Sanyurah. (It may cause your computer to smoke). (thanks Joe)
Literature. Here, Lebanese columnist, Samir `Atallah, praises the…poetry of Saudi ambassador in Lebanon. It is the most elegant book of poetry that he has ever seen, he said.
Today, Walid Jumblat said that the recent events proved that Jumblat and Hariri don’t own militias in Lebanon. In other news, the non-militia of Hariri clashed with Ba`l Muhsin in Tripoli and assassinated SSNP members, while the non-militia of Jumblat clashed with Hizbullah in `Alay.
The accidental Email. An editor at the New York Times accidentally sent Nir Rosen a copy of an email she/he wrote about him. Nir permitted me to cite it (provided I say nice things about him–here is my review of his book on Iraq).Here is the accidental email:“Date: Fri, 9 May 2008 09From:To:Subject: Re: urgent [...]
Hariri Inc and the Al-Qa`idah Option. Today, the Hariri family rolled out the Salafite fanatic leader, Da`iyah Ash-Shahhal (who was a recruiter of fighters for Iraq, early on, along with the Bin Ladenite Hariri Mufti of Biqa`, Khalil Al-Mays) to speak on behalf of the Sanyurah camp on Aljzeerah’s Hiwar Maftuh. He was pitted against [...]
This is something that will not be mentioned in the media of March 14 or in the media of the opposition because both could care less about the plight of Syrian workers in Lebanon. Today, Hariri militia men in the North stopped a bus carrying Syrian workers and shot at them.
Rudwan As-Sayyid on the innocence of Saudi role in Lebanon (read the last paragraph). And when Saudi media interview As-Sayyid (who is a learned scholar of Islam by the way and follows scholarship on Islam in four languages), they never identify him as an official adviser to the Hariri family and to Prime Minister Sanyurah.
Another achievement for the Bush Doctrine.
Lebanese Hariri MP, Misbah Al-Ahdab, today threatened to unleash his militia. All three followers of Ahdab could change the balance of forces in Tripoli.
Hizbullah propaganda outlets are obsessed with “info” from Filka (Israeli website) and Franklin Lamb. Both are as reliable on Lebanon as is Robert Fisk Jumblat.
During the Hummus Revolution, Michael Young (a well-known Lebanonese expert on offshoots) kept predicting that Lebanon’s Shi`ites were about to join the Hariri movement (it was when I renamed him Michael Husayn Young). Today, Young has changed his mind: “we shouldn’t be surprised if some start speaking of an amicable divorce between Shiites and the [...]
Pacifism in Lebanon. While Amal militia men were roaming the streets of Beirut, Amal’s TV (NBN TV) was airing documentary on Gandhi. I am not making this up.
Now the intelligent debate about foreign policy issues in US presidential campaigns: “Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think that the people should understand that I will be HamasÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s worst nightmare.”
Soviet conspiracy in Lebanon. NBC News explains Hizbullah hostility to Hariri: “Hezbollah finds them annoying.” NBC News then identifies the warring factions in Lebanon: “There are…even armed bands of Marxists still operating in Lebanon.”PS It just occurred to me that the informed NBC correspondent must have mistaken the logo of the SSNP with a Marxist [...]
Yesterday, Ahmad Fatfat said that the Lebanese government would not rescind its decisions. Today, when asked about the reversal he said to New TV: no, it is not a reversal, because we did not take any decisions to begin with.
It is amazing. The fate of the Bush Doctrine was clearly seen on the face of Walid Jumblat during his press conference today. He spoke of the need “to protect the security of the resistance [his reference to Hizbullah this week] vis-a-vis the Israeli dangers.” I would NOT be surprised if you, once again, see [...]