Little Old Lady Seniora on Libya: Help!
Can’t Seniora/Sanioura and his inept government get anything right? From changing the official holiday schedule to the handling of Nahr el Bared and the constitutional crises, I have yet to be impressed with ONE action or ONE forceful intelligent statement from anyone in the current government.
Here’s the latest (according to Naharnet):
Libya and Khadafy (Qaddafi) are seen fomenting the terrible events of Nahr el Bared, with their incredible toll in human life, destruction and threat to security and the Seniora government’s response is:
Discreet back channel complaints to Nicolas Sarkozy. Help Nick! Please tell the Libyans off!
Beirut asked Sarkozy to Pressure Khadafy into Aborting Lebanon Destabilization Scheme [Title]The rest of it is here.
Khadafy, according to the information, was convinced by Syria and Iran to revive his backing of such Palestinian and Sunni Lebanese factions in the northern city of Tripoli, the southern city of Sidon as well as the capital Beirut and the western sector of the Bekaa valley.
According to credible information received by Naharnet, the Lebanese request [to get help from Sarkozy] was made through diplomatic channels following confirmed reports of recent meetings between Khadafy and leader of the pro-Syrian Palestinian guerrilla group which is active in Lebanon.
Atta boy Seniora! Stick with your failing plan:
-Don’t tell your people anything. Let rumors fly at every turn and, once in a blue moon, leak crappy information to a foreign newspaper that no one in your country reads.
-Don’t put any pressure on, nor remove, any security official failing at his job.
-If Libya is trying, yet again; to destroy your country, wait 30 years like we did with Syria before you publicly accuse them.
-Never ever break diplomatic relations** with enemy countries (what else to call them). And surely don’t ask the Arab League nor the UN to do anything about it.
-Most impressively: go beg some Western leader for protection. After seeing you kiss Syrian ass forever, your supporters and opponents will be very impressed, and deterred, by seeing you kiss elegant French ass for a change.
The usual excuse for inaction in Lebanon is that some cockamamie group or sect opposes such. Certainly Amal, if not the whole Shia community, loathes Libya (as it should) for its role in the disappearance of Imam Moussa Sadr on a trip there in 1978. With M14 behind Seniora, what is the problem with doing the right thing and showing firmness? What’s the excuse this time?
** I am unsure about the detailed relations between Libya and Lebanon since 1978, but in doing a quick search, I came about this 2003 AP story: Libya cut relations with Lebanon over some Berri/Nasrallah comments. Yes, you read it right: THEY cut with US, while our Foreign Affairs Moron of the time Jean Obeid had “no comment”.