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Friday, January 26, 2007

The Obvious, the False, and the Stupid

Is there any hope for a country where the obvious needs to be repeated daily? What does the level of debate and rhetoric say about the capabilities of people and of their leadership?

It’s scary when the wide majority does not grasp the obvious. It’s even scarier when the “elites” uttering the obvious seem to believe that pearls of wisdom are flowing from their lips. And when our "leaders" are not dabbling in the obvious, they are spouting falsehoods or sheer nonsense.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani urged all Lebanese, Beirutis in particular, against any drift towards sectarian strife.

"Sectarian strife" is not good. We get it. But why Beirutis in particular O Grand Mufti? Pray tell.

Here’s a genius who would not know the obvious if it bit him in the ass (and I used to be a fan of the guy):
Aoun Says Erecting Blazing Roadblocks is 'Legal'.
Isn't that OBVIOUSLY wrong? I am no lawyer but I’ll trust Carlos Edde on this one. This man, Aoun, used to run the army and the country and has countless supporters who think blocking roads is acceptable/legal democratic expression. How hard can it be to heap ridicule on these people and hurt them in a media war? (Hint, hint, March 14).

When we are this lame, others get into the act too.

The Condi-scending foreigner feels free to tell us:
Rice: Only Lebanese Army Should Carry Weapons.
Condescension is sweet. Even contempt is too good for us and I mean that.

The new head of the worthless UN, heir to Kofi-the-ineffectual:
Ban Urges Lebanon's Feuding Factions to Refrain from Violence.
Tsk, tsk, you Lebanese! Violence is not good. Behave!

Here's another delusional guy:
Lahoud hopes UN will sponsor 'real' Mideast peace

In his letter [to the UN] Lahoud said that no powerful state has the right to impose hegemony on a weak one.
Unless its' Syria screwing Lebanon, of course.

No round up of idiocy would be complete without the old it's-bad-because-it-helps-Israel argument. And so the Tripolidiot Omar Karami chimes in:
"Any Sunni-Shiite strife only serves Israel's interests, as does any Christian-Muslim strife," he added.
Tripolidiot goes on:
"Such actions as those witnessed Thursday serve to destroy the country, after which healing divisions would become very difficult."
Maybe that's why Beirutis need to be particularly careful. They don't have a Tripolidiot to defuse the violence.

And here's a real beauty, President Lahoud again:
"I urge all political leaders to pull their supporters from the streets to allow security forces to do their duty and return security and stability to affected neighborhoods and evacuate those surrounded and isolated in the clashes," Lahoud said.
PLEASE RE-READ the above statement carefully. It's surreal! In other words, he is telling the troublemakers to go home SO THAT THEN the security forces are ALLOWED (allowed?) to do their job.


What do we need security forces for, you triple moron, if the troublemakers go home? You and Milquetoast Seniora and aspiring-puppet Sleimane should ORDER, not urge, these hooligans and thugs to go home. Then, if they don't, send the troops to go after them. You are waiting for the law-breakers to stop breaking the law so that the security forces are ALLOWED to do their job?

Someone! Please, pretty please, someone tell me that I am not alone banging my head against the wall.


  • At 1/26/07, 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yo Josie!! Excellent post. and YEs I too have a headache from banging my head against the wall but I order my aspirin in bulk

    After all the violence and death, no ONE seems to have asked the question..."For whom are you killing your fellow LEBANESE!??!" Things may just be different if that questioned was answered.

    For me, politics must be banned from all Universities completely/indefinitly! student committees should be appointed for a period of one academic year and from each faculty based on their grades alone no other criteria (7 boys 7 girls) end of story.

    I also think the president should be non-aligned non partisan neutral ALRIGHT!! non-lebanese:-)

    A free course of civics must also be pushed by sending a copy of the constituion to each CITIZEN of the country and then the government should force each television station, as a prerequisite to being granted a licence, to broadcast shows that explain what a constituional democracy is and to explain what it means to be a CITIZEN of a country (1 hour every day) Right after school SCREW SESAME STREET!!.

    i alos think the government should ARREST people for SEDITION and of course FURTHERING THE INTERESTS OF ISRAEL when they come on the television and SAY CLEARLY that they are going to bring down a popularly elected government.

    I wonder if it would make a difference?


  • At 1/26/07, 4:09 PM, Blogger Blacksmith Jade said…

    Ah man, seeing them all one after the other made my brain hurt...seriously.

    But I have to say u missed my all time favourite for this week, this one again from the hidden brilliance of Aoun:

    "90% of the population observed the protest"!!!!

    Ah....theres that brainache again....

  • At 1/26/07, 8:21 PM, Anonymous Abu Kais said…

    If my wall could talk, Josey, it would say: why bother?

    You are not alone.

  • At 1/26/07, 10:06 PM, Anonymous Joe W. said…

    Back in the Old Testament, God was willing to spare Sodom and Gomorrah if Abraham can find 50 righteous men there; Abraham counters with "what if I find 40?" God replies, "Very well, find 40 and I won't destroy the cities." So Abraham responds with "what if I find 30" and so on until he's finally down to "what if I find one righteous man?" And God continues to say, "Alright, I'll save the city on account of one righteous man."

    So, here in Lebanon, I ask "Is there one righteous leader remaining? Just one?" Or to phrase it in our political, contemporary terminology: is there one leader in all of Lebanon who puts the Nation's interest ahead of his own?

    Amazingly, in the United States, politicians (considered to be the lowest, blood-sucking, most vile of occupations) during the last couple of presidential elections stood up and conceded defeat to their opponents in the bitterest of electoral campaigns. Why? In order to spare the nation any further division and harm. Because they recognized that the interest of the people; the interest of the country ALWAYS supersedes that of the individual leader. Not only because that is how they are educated, trained and expected to do -- but because the people of the nation would NEVER tolerate nor accept a leader placing selfish, egotistical concerns ahead of the general public's.... But not in Lebanon.

  • At 1/28/07, 9:24 AM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    Thanks Everyone,

    And of course you could find a thousand other statement like the ones I quoted.

    And Joe W.

    "Is there one righteous leader remaining? Just one?"

    Very sad.

  • At 1/30/07, 3:33 AM, Blogger Liliane said…

    *bangs her head*

    Here you go :)

  • At 1/30/07, 4:39 AM, Blogger desmond said…

    I gave up the wall and now just slap my forehead in disbelief....less painful in the long run AND you get to keep your mouth wide open. Great post again, Josie.

  • At 2/3/07, 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Excellent. Tripolidiot or triple idiot!


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