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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Fun with Salim el-Foss

Just when you thought you could not laugh, or cry, any harder, in comes ex-PM, sell-out extraordinaire, Salim el-Hoss, errr I mean Salim el-Foss.

From Naharnet:

Hoss: Assad Supports International Tribunal (full text)

Hoss told state-run TeleLiban channel (TL) after winding a one-day visit to Damascus on Monday that Assad "informed me he is not against the international tribunal and that he is with everything the Lebanese agree upon."
Really Salim, I think tattooing on you forehead; “I am a blithering fucking idiot” would be more honorable and sane than making the statement you just made.
The Syrian Arab News Agency, SANA, said Hoss and Assad discussed the repercussions of tensions in both Iraq and the Palestinian territories as well as security situations in Lebanon and Syria.
Yeah! Glad you had time for Lebanon, after Iraq and Palestine. Plus Salim, you are such a big player on the Iraqi and Palestinian scenes. And of course, always love the they–discussed-the-situation-and-its-repercussions story. Is there a more meaningless description of such useless meetings?

Hoss, who met with King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, stressed that he was not acting as a mediator between the feuding Lebanese sides.
That’s right Foss. You can’t act as a mediator in Lebanon. We have a law that says only foreigners make big decisions and mediate in our stupid country.

He [Foss] said that he asked King Abdullah whether there was a possibility to sponsor an agreement similar to that of Mecca between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniya last week.
Every Lebanese’ life long ambition: Having made Lebanon more like Syria in the past 30 years (Foss was a big Syrian ally and enabler), the next level is to aspire to be like the Palestinian people. Let’s copy their political model.
Hoss told TL [TV station TeleLiban] that he will also be visiting Tehran "very soon."
Probably for further “they–discussed-the-situation-and-its-repercussions” hot air (pun intended).

Wlak Tozzz 3a Foss. A "foss" (fart) has a more exciting and meaningful life than Salim's.


  • At 2/20/07, 2:25 PM, Blogger Lycanthropy said…

    I think hoss is demented or has Alziehmers disease.

  • At 2/20/07, 3:49 PM, Anonymous S said…

    haha, is Assad so desperate for attention, he called on this guy to come visit him for some media fanfare. Check the headlines this generated. It all targets Joe Arab consumption. Like you said, hot air.

    Its friggin hilarious. Assad will do anything to buy time.

  • At 2/20/07, 9:15 PM, Blogger Blacksmith Jade said…

    Great post Josey, funny and appropriately critical...

  • At 2/21/07, 4:15 AM, Anonymous Moroccan said…

    You guys are pathetic.
    Salim Hoss is the most decent person in Lebanon. But he is neither a corrupt billionaire nor a militia killer, so you spit on him.

    Keep on bashing Hoss and keep on admiring Aoun, Geagea, Hariri and Joumblatt.
    But don't complain when your country is in a mess.

    You don't deserve statesmen like Hoss. This post is the best proof that you Lebanese deserve only religious fanatics and murderers.

    + you're not funny. Can't you criticize someone without mentioning farts ? and you talk about democracy... You're a disgrace

  • At 2/21/07, 8:48 AM, Blogger JoseyWales said…


    Decency and not being Aoun or Geagea is not enough to make one a statesman.

    Hoss was PM more than once and his legacy is NOTHING, being a Syrian yes-man, and being as much a failure as the rest of our political class.

    Finally, your opinion and arguments are welcome here. However if you cannot express those without getting personal with my readers and myself, don't bother coming back.

  • At 2/21/07, 10:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    I love reading your posts. I love that you don't hold anything back--especially with these ridiculous (i.e. stupid, cowardly, etc) politicians. Abu Kais had to tell me what Foss meant though...

    Moroccan--who the hell was admiring Aoun, Gaegae, Hariri or Jumblatt--do you ever actually read Josey's posts???

    Umm Kais

  • At 2/21/07, 5:09 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    Thanks Everyone,

    Umm Kais, the stupidity/cowardice of these people is criminal and has cost many lives and counting.

    My best to Abu K. I look forward to reading both of you and hope all's well with the little one.

  • At 2/21/07, 6:25 PM, Anonymous ghassan karam said…

    Where does it say that once one occupies an office, even for a short period of time, then that person becomes indispensable? Hoss, Karami, Mikati, Arslan, Franjieh don't get it do they? Maybe they should form a club of has beens where they can present papers on various issues to each other.
    It is tragic when individuals do not realize that time has passed them by and do not have the humility to just step aside.

  • At 2/21/07, 7:16 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said…


    These guys are delinquent, make outrageous conterproductive statements like Hoss here, and no one calls them on it.

    They remain to most and the press the respected so-and-so etc...

  • At 2/23/07, 6:08 AM, Anonymous Charles Malik said…

    "We have a law that says only foreigners make big decisions and mediate in our stupid country."


  • At 2/23/07, 6:19 AM, Blogger desmond said…

    Just love that Assad thinks meeting Hoss makes him relevant. Great stuff.

  • At 2/24/07, 1:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    check out the shia death squads


  • At 2/24/07, 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    this is absolutely disgusting , not funny at all... you are free to like/dislike politicians, but to use those farts is absolutely disgusting ...and what is even more pathetic are those people who think you are great and write comments to boost your ego ... makes me want to vomit .. .
    i am ashamed to say we share the same country .... yet again, no wonder that people like you make me deny my identity ...
    after all you don't deserve any better that your ja3ja3, harriirii, aoun and jumblat ..,,, after all airheads don;t understand but the language of those radicals/leaders you route for..

  • At 2/24/07, 10:41 AM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    Anon 10:18

    OK Foss is not the height of humor, but the guy's name is Hoss. The rhyme imposes itself.

    You are offended by the word "fart/foss".

    I am offended by incompetence, criminal negligence, treason, mediocrity and the destruction of our nation and its future.

    You don't want us to share a country because I said "fart"?

    Get some perspective, and like the previous anon: if you can't be coherent and refrain from personal insults, stay away.

  • At 2/24/07, 5:43 PM, Blogger Wil said…

    Moi ça me fait rire les jeux de mots sur Foss.

  • At 2/26/07, 5:26 PM, Anonymous Kheireddine El-Ahdab said…

    Salim El-Hoss is the personification of mediocrity. This man with a grim face was the PM for many years and did nothing. Some people used to say ''kaffo ndeef''.
    That was not enough and Lebanon needed a more effective PM. Hoss had no charisma, no authority & no influence. Saeb Salam might have been a corrupt politician; however, we felt that we had an effective leader in power and Rafic Hariri might have had questionable deals when he was in power; however, he was charsimatic and did a lot to reconstruct the country & help ordinary citizens.

  • At 3/2/07, 6:03 PM, Anonymous Amine said…

    The Ahdab comment is typical of the sick Lebanese mentality.
    You admire people who stole millions and paved the way for war like Saeb Salam, you admire Hariri despite his "questionable deals", and you don't like Hoss. In your book, people who do not lie, rob and steal are "mediocre".
    Gebran wrote "Pity the Nation whose statesman is a fox." The Moroccan is right. We Lebanese do not deserve honest and decent politicians. We love mobsters and "charismatic" crooks.

  • At 3/2/07, 7:19 PM, Anonymous Kheireddine El-Ahdab said…

    Thank you for you feedback, Mr. Amine. However, may I remind you about the Hoss governments? They were as corrupt as the others. What did Hoss do? Nothing beside being is a Syrian yes-man. You are accusing Saeb Salam of having paved the way for the war. Actually he was very moderate in the 70' & he resigned in 73' when Frangieh refused to fire the Army chief after the Israeli commando raid that left 3 prominent Palestinian leaders dead in Verdun.
    Hariri did a lot for Lebanon and put his life in the line of fire while he could have lived happily without the headaches of Lebanese politics.

  • At 3/3/07, 8:30 AM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    In your book, people who do not lie, rob and steal are "mediocre".

    No Amine, in my book "not being a thief" does not mean mediocre, but neither does it mean genius or statesman.

    If you keep your ambitions and expectations for Leb leaders so low then don't complain about the crappy results.


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