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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Fawzi Salloukh Party Animal

With 3 days to Armageddon (the prez election), foreign envoys and embassies and the UN and the Arab League are all very busy trying to solve Lebanon’s problems.

The top Lebanese official supposed to deal with all these people, in the name of the country and in the name of the government, Lebanon’s very own near-Minister of Foreign Affairs is also extremely busy. Fawzi Salloukh's busy schedule is even more impressive when you recall that he actually resigned, with five others, many months ago, thereby creating the crisis miring the country.

However, if you work in the government of Milquetoast Seniora/Sanioura, it’s even better than working under the Swedish welfare state. You can continue to collect your salary. And if you feel like it, you can show up at the office every couple of months to reverse government decisions and to appoint some of your friends to cushy do-nothing government jobs.

And best of all: PARTAY! Yay! Cake and eye-candy all around, and all in the name of the government you left and trashed months ago:

Thanks to the Daily Star photographer (Fawzi is usually in the first picture of each page):

Here’s Fawzi celebrating the Belgian king, another country threatened with splitting up but at least they have a king.

Fawzi at the Spanish embassy for national day. There national day means something. Fawzi is looking forward to our National Day November 22, in 2 days and 2 days before Traitor-in-chief Lahoud is gone for a smarter alternative, even if that alternative is to be an empty chair with four wooden legs.

Another "National Day" for Fawzi, South Korea this time. Maybe we could learn from their experience of splitting up.

Speaking of splits, here's Fawzi at the Czech Embassy, they used to be with Slovakia. Both are much happier now. I wonder which Lebanon will retain the November 22 national day.

Now here's Fawzi doing the Turkish's 84th birthday. Lebanon won't make it to that age thanks to people like Fawzi. And if Fawzi is anything like me, he's ruing the day the Ottomans packed their bags and left.

Chile: Oooops, no Salloukh there. Maybe he was sick that day, or at another embassy, or maybe the memory of a country successfully ridding itself of dictatorship was just too much for poor Fawzi.

Nigerian Independence. Country is a hell hole and Fawzi is in his usual spot, next to the cake.

Brazil, another basket case. Yep, Fawzi is there (first on the left in the first pic, though not named).

I am sure you can find Fawzi and Waldo at many more of these genuine fun events.

One last thing, Fawzi was not there for Germany's National Unity Day. That's a country that was divided and years later came back together. A tad too early for that. Good call there Fawzi, it's going to be a while.


  • At 11/19/07, 10:19 PM, Anonymous kheireddine said…

    I have been also amazed by Fawzi Salloukh's activities in the last six months, and this a minister who submitted his resignation one year ago! I see his face often on Dalati & Nohra's official pictures , always smiling and well dressed...I think that he truely likes his job and is taking advantage of it as long as it lasts.

  • At 11/19/07, 10:25 PM, Anonymous kheireddine said…

    About Emile Lahoud, can someone tell him to shut up! Everyday I watch the news from Lebanon, he has something stupid to say...

  • At 11/20/07, 3:01 AM, Blogger Marillionlb said…

    Ya L,

    Could you use your sources and try and find out a way to contact Mr Salloukh? It sur seems that no party is complete without him, and I would like to have him over for Christmas.
    Thanking you in advance.

  • At 11/20/07, 2:51 PM, Blogger Ms Levantine said…

    I am really impressed by Mr. Salloukh: He keeps stuffing his face with cake, but he does not seem to gain weight.

    I am jealous.


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