02 August 2005

Politics in Lebanon

The Prime minister (Mr. Sanioura) paid Damascus a visit, right after the vote of confidence, and as expected the Lebanese – Syrian borders are now open for business as usual.

The government is NOT only formed of “forces” belonging to the 14th of March “camp” but also of “forces” from the 8th of March (Riad al Sulh demonstration sometimes intentionally ignored).

In fact 14/3 splintered and a major part of it forged an alliance with 8/3 (all for the sake of wihda wataniya, may it prosper)

The debates in the parliament were intended to discuss the government’s manifesto and plan or strategy (Bayan Wizari) but they took a drastic turn when disputes over major issues broke out between parties who were together in 14/3. The strong language used added spice to the somewhat boring debates. [Gen. Aoun] [I. Kinaan] [W. abuFaour]

Funny was the constant referral by the parliamentarians to the unity that manifested itself on 14/3 without reference to 8/3 especially by those who were strongly allied with 8/3. A politician explained on TV the other day that 14/3 also means and includes 8/3!! I wonder?

The arguments in parliament were a manifestation of democracy, as long as the areas where people of all sects and parties meet to party and interact (Ain el Rummani & Chiah, Monot, etc.) are not closed by bombs or violence as a result.

Ms. C. Rice made a surprise visit to Lebanon, fine, but what was this joke she told Gen. Aoun that if he mis-calculates this time his exile will not be to France but to the U.S.?

Were the youth of “Camp Freedom” at “Freedom Square” or “Martyrs’ Square” represented in this political system in any way? Where are they?

Condolences to the Saudi people on the death of "Khadem al Haramein al Sharifein" King Fahd.

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