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Monday, July 25, 2005

Tear Up This Pact, Mr. Assad

An economic weekly is egging on the Syrian government to abrogate all treaties signed between Lebanon and Syria. I say: "Quick, LET'S, before they change their minds". The weekly almost surely has the blessing of Syria's government. And I am pretty sure the Syrian government doesn't want to abrogate anything. But that is how they play the pressure game, against our hapless "leaders".

The writer and owner of Al-Iqtissadiya claims that Syria is happier since it left Lebanon. Lebanon is happier too. Everyone's happy. The writer Abed-Rabbo goes on to tell us that all these treaties and pacts, signed when Syria was negotiating with its own stooges in Lebanon, are more beneficial to Lebanon than to Syria. Now I want to be a very good "brother" and I say: NOT FAIR. Let's abrogate these treaties that are good for the Lebanese and detrimental to Syria. This is what real brotherhood is all about.

I know "we" signed God knows how many of those "brotherly" agreements on defense, economics, education, tourism electricity, you name it. If abrogated, the only one I'll really miss is the Research-Education cooperation treaty. My sources tell me that Syrian researchers are working on a new "Hommos".

Of course I am kidding, and daydreaming, because our spineless politicians and brotherly population won't have any of this abrogation. No matter what is done to them, no matter the hurt, no matter the humiliation they DEMAND: you guessed it, all together now: good-and-brotherly-sisterly-incestuous relations.

ANYWAYS, Speaking of international and bilateral pacts and treaties (mostly worthless IMHO), here is one of my favorite stories from Ronnie-the-Great Reagan (The Economist June 9, 2005):

After the World Court found against the United States in 1986 for mining Nicaragua's harbors, President Ronald Reagan is said to have told his advisers to tear up the relevant treaty giving the court jurisdiction. When informed that this required two years' notice, he reportedly told them to tear up that provision too.

Agree or disagree with the man or the issue, that's what I call backbone, standing up for your side, focusing on the big picture. In one word: LEADERSHIP (and humor).


  • At 7/25/05, 9:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    kid, you have to grow up. It's time you learn to see the big picture, and not view lebanon as some self-sufficient island in the middle of the atlantic.

  • At 7/26/05, 7:24 AM, Blogger JoseyWales said…


    Granted my piece is more of a rant.

    But your comment means what exactly? That Lebanon should roll over for the Syrians, Palis, Arabs, Israelis, etc...We've tried that already.

  • At 7/26/05, 7:31 AM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    On a more serious note, I think many of the agreements should be revised, and some revoked.

    I am no sure how much the defense-and-fraternity treaty gives away in terms of sovereignty. You have to suspect that most of these treaties give too much to Syria.

  • At 7/27/05, 2:55 AM, Blogger moka said…

    I once had to do a research on some of the treaties Lebanon was forced to sign with Syria. I must say they are all unjust to us Lebanese and far from anything logical. Revising them or simply canceling them is a MUST.
    The proof that they benefit to Syria and not us: out of 600 something treaties, Syria has only violated and canceled 1 (yes, ONE): the one that involved selling us Mazout at a very cheap "brotherly" price.
    Now if all of them were to Syria's disadvantage (like they claim), why didn't they cancel the rest?
    I'm really getting annoyed by the Baas party propaganda.

  • At 7/29/05, 4:45 PM, Blogger Tempest said…

    How could anyone not be annoyed by the Baath party propaganda? They're friggin' baathists.

    Syria is playing childish games. It's as if they don't realise that they have no say in what's happening. Their downfall is nigh, and with the way things are going, one would think they'd work on improving their image and not tarnishing it further.

    JW, the politicians can't be openly hostile to Syria because not everyone agrees to the extent of our conflict with Syrians.

    Gibran Tueni called for the revision of all the agreements signed with Syria. that riled up Berri. Can't help but admire Tueni, it's a small step, true, but it's a step nonetheless.

  • At 7/30/05, 9:23 AM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    Agreed Tempest,

    The govmnt. can't be as aggressive as Tueni, and we should play "good-cop/bad-cop", not "rape-me-everyday-cop/bad-cop".

  • At 8/2/05, 3:09 AM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said…

    Everybody is not happy, there's still Lebanese prisonners in Syria (if they are alive)

    Now Syria is saying that 800 persons disappeared from Lebanon. Where are the bodies? God only knows. Maybe they were disolved in acid?

    There was one million syrian in Lebanon 6 months ago and none now... Maybe it's one million syrians that 'disappeared' from Lebanon. Otri should check back.

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