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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Fun with Amr Mussa and the Arab League

More hilarity from the useless Arab League and its chief, Amr Mussa. The story is from Naharnet and it's very short. I'm posting the full Naharnet story with my own comments [bracketed].

Arab League Refuses Isolating Syria [Title]

[Very good Amr, stick with your specialty. The Arab League is good at one thing and one thing only: refusing, saying "NO" to everything.]

Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa has warned the international community not to isolate Syria or threaten sanctions without proof that Damascus had a hand in the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

[What if they isolate Syria Amr? Whaddyagonna do about it? Everybody is very worried because the Arab League has tremendous powers and could really hurt the planet.]

"We cannot accept the fact that a member country is isolated without evidence the government is involved," Mussa said Friday ahead of a Euro-Mediterranean summit which opens Sunday in Barcelona -- where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not on the guest list despite his country's membership.

[Amr as a true Arab League guy and Arabist you could not recognize "evidence" or "facts" even if they bit your nose off. I thought, however, that you and your old friend Boutros-Boutros-Boutros Ghali had great respect for fellow internationalists and bureaucrats at the UN.

What do you make of the 60-page plus Mehlis report? No evidence there? What about the 56 assassinations of prominent people in Lebanon, over 30 years, prior to the Hariri assassination?
Maybe priors don't count (in order to protect the rights of the accused), but only when the accused is an Arab president. Any news on who blew up Pan Am 103, Amr? Is the Arab League still investigating? I sure hope you guys are close to catching the damned Mossad agent who did this and made it look like it was Qaddafi.]

Mussa said Hariri's Feb. 14 murder was nonetheless "a crime that must not be left unpunished.

Be careful Amr, you're starting to make sense here.

"We are sure the Syrian government is cooperating with the investigation," Mussa insisted.

[How exactly do we know that Amr? You like "evidence". Do we have "evidence" of this?]

He [Mussa] also focused on the war in Iraq, saying that a distinction should be made between "terrorism" and "resistance to foreign occupation."

The UN Security Council (including the Algerian brothers??) voted to say that the Hariri murder was "terrorism". On the other hand, to determine whether blowing up kids in an Israeli pizzeria is "terrorism" or "resistance", the Arab League will sponsor a high-school essay competition . The League is inclined however to classify the recent Amman wedding-attack as terrorism (perhaps Sunni on Sunni crime is not good).

With terrorism a key topic on the Barcelona summit agenda Mussa described the issue as "a plague that must be beaten" and a "violent act against innocent civilians."

Amr will condemn some acts, and condone others. The Arabs are whimsical like that. But "terrorism", whatever it is, is a "plague that must be beaten", but only sometimes.

On the chances of peace in the Middle East Mussa admitted he foresaw problems ahead.

Very, very bold prediction Amr. Let me catch my breath here.

"I am not optimistic on the peace process. (There is) not enough sign from the Israeli government that things are moving on the right track."(AFP)

WOW! Beyond "bold" and into "genius" territory: Amr, very sadly, breaks the news that Middle East peace ain't for tomorrow.

Thanks Amr, you've earned your salary, if not as a competent bureaucrat, at least as a semi-entertaining clown.


  • At 11/27/05, 1:30 AM, Blogger Yazan said…

    and u spent ALL that time quoting and [even worse] ARGUING him!!.. man u got lots of free time on ur hand!!!

    on another note, even though [in some back channels] I'd like to think that he and Husni mbarak had some part rubbing our guy's ears to reach a deal with Mehlis!

  • At 11/27/05, 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Front Bumper above is right man, who argues with Amr Musa? A left-over of daddy's panarabism? Be serious man. He's not worth your time

    Funny post otherwise.

  • At 11/27/05, 6:38 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    Thanks guys. Fun was the idea, plus it took me all of 20 minutes.

    More seriously, I know I said "useless" Arab League, but these guys are doing real damage. I think it's worth deflating them and attacking what they stand for. (perhaps a more serious piece, next time).

    I mean they are the defenders of Saddam/Qaddafi and now Bashar. They are an obstacle to change. They are not helping the Iraqis etc. They ARE the Arab regimes.

  • At 11/28/05, 1:09 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said…

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  • At 11/28/05, 1:11 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said…

    SAM has posted something on Amr Mussa here.


    He's a dangerous demagogue who's very popular in his country. The Egyptian regime is keeping him as a 'card' in case they need a popular figure.

    The funny thing is that we Lebanese pay part of his salary. I am sure that this money would be better employed by reducing the debt.

  • At 11/29/05, 12:35 PM, Blogger Lazarus said…

    Akh ya JW, your sarcasm was well placed here. Mr. Musa is a joke. As is the arab league.

  • At 11/29/05, 5:25 PM, Blogger Ecce Libanus said…

    brilliant post josey! i especially liked the "Everybody is very worried because the Arab League [...] could really hurt the planet" bit :)
    arabs are a laugh but they're really a cry (as roger waters would have said.)

  • At 12/3/05, 9:18 PM, Blogger carine said…


    i've been trying to leave a comment on your newest post (on the daily star), but something is wrong with your word verification. it keeps coming up as "smenita," but will never accept that as an answer.

    doubt there's much you can do, but i thought you should know!!

  • At 1/18/06, 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey thats pretty funny...i love the way u took the mickey outa that guy!!! Anyway i really hate egyptians esp. when they start speaking about politics cuz we all know egypt is ruled by a dictator no different to our friend bashar...

    I hope the Arab league stops tryin to 'help'...they will go to any length to help syria because syria is arab, and because syria is supposedly part of a gr8 resistence against israel...because the arab league will do ANYTHING to make israel's life difficult no matter whether its right or wrong...does the arab league care about lebanon? NO..it is ruled by a few rich dictators who suck up to their ppl by fighting for the 'cause' and to them lebanon is a tool in that fight...so to hell with amr musa, to hell with the arab league, to hell with hezbollah and to hell with the palestinian cause...its NOT lebanese...its not our cause...y should we be ruled by dictators and extremists for it???

    All hope for lebanon now is with the UN, not the arab league...

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