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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Angels on Pins and Pinheads

With our mental midgets calling one another names in the midst of an national existential crisis, some of their more reasonable allies and academics met recently in Switzerland to discuss serious matters: power sharing, the constitution, solutions to political blockage, relations with Syria.

I was initially encouraged when reading the lengthy piece: serious people from all sides debating the real issues.

Alas, those people want to keep a low profile and are discussing solutions for a future Lebanon, WHEN THE CURRENT STALEMATE IS RESOLVED. Excuse me but isn’t that putting the cart before the horse? Talk about being out of touch and wasting resources. There may not be a country after this crisis. With the crazies and the hotheads away, why not address the way out of the PRESENT problem.

Elsewhere, in an opinion piece, Chibli Mallat asks more immediate and relevant questions. Why is the head of parliament (Berri who rants about US interference) asking the opinion of the US on the Lebanese constitution?

And why are we even discussing the 2/3 quorum business, when it’s the duty of the MPs to show up and elect the new guy? Especially when nothing is preventing them from being present and voting, even if it means abstaining with a blank vote.


  • At 9/5/07, 1:32 PM, Blogger Bad Vilbel said…

    Excellent questions. Yet people, as usual, seem to look way past them and into their idiotic rhetoric instead.

    Why is no one asking Berri exactly that? "Why are you asking the US' opinion?"

    Who's stopping the MPs from exercising their democratic right (hahahaha!) and voting for whoever they please (or abstaining)? Isn't that the VERY concept of democracy? Why must we agree beforehand on a candidate? Isn't the very point of having a chamber elected so they can each cast their own vote? And may the guy with the most votes win?

    I think the entire Lebanese populace needs to be sent to a "re-education camp" where the very basic premise of "Democracy", "Voting", "Parliament", "Sovereignty" are explained to them. Because clearly, they don't seem to have a clue what those words mean.

  • At 9/5/07, 3:45 PM, Anonymous Brian Griffey said…

    Hi JoseyWales,
    would you be interested in receiving Human Rights Watch reports related to Lebanon? In the morning, we will be releasing an exhaustive cases-based study on Israeli conduct in last summer's war.

    If interested in being added to our Lebanon list, you can reach me at hrwpress@hrw.org.

    thanks & best,

    Brian Griffey
    Human Rights Watch

  • At 9/5/07, 9:43 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    Thx Brian.

    Appreciate the offer, I'll either look it up on your site (preferred option) or I might go the e-mail route.


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