LEBANONESQUE

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Army-Gunmen Clash: Deja Vu

FLASH: A Lebanese soldier was injured and another kidnapped during gunbattles between the army and gunmen of the Syrian-backed Fatah al-Intifada in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria. TV reports said that the army laid a security siege on the area at Yanta and Wadi al-Aswad and asked for reinforcements. (Naharnet May 17, 2006)

Prime Minister Seniora's (or Saniora or Siniora) office immediately issued the following statement:

Our first priority is to have good relations with Syria and our Palestinian brothers. This behavior does not help the Palestinian cause. We are sending reinforcements to the army in the area, but military action is out of the question.

Our talking staff and "dialoguers" will be reinforced too. Let me be very clear, they can kill or kidnap everyone in the Lebanese army, we will always respond with words. I hope our brothers understand that, and that this threat will be enough to reach a resolution soon. If not, extending the national dialogue downtown is our fallback position for an even tougher response to this unacceptable behavior.

Finally if all fails, the PM will travel abroad and issue strong communiques from world capitals. Our options are clear.

The above is what I do NOT want to hear, but I am very afraid will be the official response, if history and habit are any guide (see any of my previous posts on Saniora and military clashes).

Hoping to be very wrong.

5 Comments:

  • At 5/17/06, 9:34 AM, Blogger Ecce Libanus said…

    Isn't this sort of idiotic capitulatory discourse evocative of 1969 (année érotique according to Gainsbourg ;), but the run up to the Army's 1972 clashes with the Palestinian "bothers")????
    I wonder if this is not "past as prologue"!

    "Let me be very clear, they can kill or kidnap everyone in the Lebanese army, we will always respond with words."

    Damn skippy! I guess THAT should set them straight!

     
  • At 5/17/06, 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Finally if all fails, the PM will travel abroad and issue strong communiques from world capitals. Our options are clear."

    Bwahahaha!


    What about sending this useless army that is costing almost a billion a year?

     
  • At 5/17/06, 7:47 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    Ecce, Anon,

    The mind boggles. It's not that we have not seen the same thing before, many times over.

    I don't know what to say or write anymore.

    What self-respecting government would tolerate this much humiliation by FOREIGNERS on its own soil?

    What self-respecting people, and army, and officers take this kind of shit lying dow?

    We are an idiot nation with no self respect, on the way to further destruction.

     
  • At 5/17/06, 10:20 PM, Anonymous ghassan karam said…

    Josey,
    What makes this behaviour by the Lebanese government doubly difficult to understand is its consistent rejection of the offers by the international community to help it assert its sovereignty and regain self respect. It is simply unfathomable.

     
  • At 5/18/06, 12:15 PM, Blogger Ms Levantine said…

    You gents seem to forget our national motto:

    Our weakness is our strenght.

    Whatever.

     

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