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Thursday, January 12, 2006

MP Walid Eido: Don't Speak for Me

Do the many mediocrities who govern and represent us even understand the words they utter?
And since the answer is NO, is it any wonder that the country is down a sinkhole?

Here's Future Movement MP Walid Eido on the Naameh shooting of last week. Two Lebanese municipal employees were wounded by Palestinian illegals who were manning a road block. (Eido's words from L'Orient-LeJour, January 12, 2006. In French, appendix below. English is my translation)

MP Walid Eido says:

Stop exploiting the Palestinian cause. This cause is ours, just like Kamal Joumblatt and Rafik Hariri taught us

Illegal Palestinian weapons kill and maim Lebanese citizens. The knee-jerk reaction of every politician in Lebanon: "this is not good for Palestine, the CAUSE". How about condoling the victims and the relatives of the dead before we get into the Palestinian cause? Is that too much to ask? Because you know, maybe you are an MP, or Minister with responsibilities toward Lebanese nationals. But perhaps you wish to be buried in the Palestinian flag like that great Lebanese MP Maarouf Saad?

Mr. Eido is usually a reasonable guy. It goes to show you that when the words "Palestine/Palestinian" are uttered, anywhere in the Arab world, the rare commodities of reason and common sense fly out the window. (Make sure you read his last statement, below)

Here's is the problem. "The cause is ours" is a meaningless statement. Its meaning stretches from "giving 25 bucks to a refugee-helping NGO" to "ordering all units of the Lebanese army to attack Israel right now". And because it is vague, that type of statement helps those carrying illegal weapons.

If you keep putting the "cause" above everything (in your rhetoric, cuz in reality we know it's baloney), the debate will always be "is it good for the cause?": an endless debate, because it is SUBJECTIVE.

It is much simpler and more productive if you just say: "we have a law, no arms outside of the Lebanese regular forces". Then, there is no argument for the other side. Capiche? Or is it too complicated?

MP Eido goes on to say:

Did the shooting take place on the borders of Palestine or near the walls of Jerusalem? Had the shots fired at Lebanese citizens been helpful to the cause, we are ready to forgive [bold emphasis mine].


Have we discussed this as a nation, and resolved it? Are we all on the same page here? Here's the problem again; who says it's good or bad for the "cause"? Who says it is my "cause"? Who defines the "cause"?

Who is "we" Keem-O-Sabe Walid? Don't include me. Next time a Lebanese citizen is wounded or killed, I am not forgiving anyone, even if it is good for the "cause".

I will make an exception though, for Walid Eido and his relatives. Rest assured Walid, if illegally armed gunmen kill you and your relatives, then I shall forgive. I'll also invite others to do the same, just to honor your memory Mr. Eido, but only as long as someone, somewhere, says: "hey, it was good for the cause."


APPENDIX: L'Orient-LeJour's full story:

Eido : « Si l’incident de Naamé sert les intérêts syriens, nous ne pouvons que le condamner

« Assez exploiter la cause palestinienne. Cette cause est la nôtre, comme nous l’ont appris Kamal Joumblatt et Rafic Hariri. » C’est ce qu’a affirmé hier le député haririen, Walid Eido, lors d’une table ronde organisée à l’AUB par le Club des médias et le Club de la jeunesse de l’université. Évoquant les incidents fâcheux de Naamé, le député s’est demandé : « La fusillade a-t-elle eu lieu aux portes de la Palestine ou autour des remparts de Jérusalem ? Si les coups de feu tirés en direction de citoyens libanais servent la cause, nous sommes prêts à pardonner. Mais s’ils servent au contraire l’intérêt du régime syrien, nous ne pouvons que les condamner », a-t-il précisé.

Et le député d’appeler à mettre un terme au chaos provoqué par une présence palestinienne armée en dehors des camps et à réorganiser le port d’armes à l’intérieur.


  • At 1/12/06, 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

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  • At 1/12/06, 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If I understand Eido well, if it was good for the cause, then shooting at these people would be justified. What about saying: shooting at people is a crime, whether it's good for the 'cause' or not?

    A similar incident occured a few day in Egypt when Palestinians shot at Egyptian soldiers. The egyptian press not only did not condemn the palestinian attack on egyptian soldiers, they praised the fact that the egyptian soldiers did not fire on their palestinian brothers as they attacked and killed them. Yes, that's what I want to hear from my military: that they do not fire back at armed invading foreigners.

    Read the SandMonkey on this:


  • At 1/12/06, 8:56 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    Looking at facts, putting aside emotions, rule of law..

    You are just asking too much Vox.

    What these people don't get, even the decent smart ones, is that without the above nothing will ever change.

  • At 1/12/06, 11:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I say: fcuk the cause.

  • At 1/13/06, 6:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    well lebanon is always paying... paying and paying other's fight

    time for the lebanese to wake up and to get ride of that community patriotism for a country patriotism that would unite them

    having such words from an ex member of the parlement is just another bullshit of someone that lost the elections and is not feeling very good about it.
    his words maybe were just made to appear on some screens, to have his name published

  • At 1/13/06, 12:42 PM, Blogger Charles Malik said…

    There needs to be a significant change in mentality.

    The problem is that Eido actually believes what he says. Not only that, he believes saying it represents something that other people support.

    These thoughts linger and are deemed appropriate, which is the scariest part. Reality is not the concern. Aiding the victims and making sure that situations like these never happen again are not the concern.

    The thing that is of the utmost importance to Arabists is the rhetoric.

  • At 1/13/06, 1:22 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    frencheagle, I believe Eido is a current MP.

    Vox and LP,

    Rhetoric that kills and keeps us mired in the same problems.

    Eido may believe this crap, if you or I die. You really think he would genuinely "forgive", if someone dear to him were killed.

  • At 1/13/06, 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    No, Eido knows the right thing to do. He's just being a coward because he knows that the Palestinian cause is considered to be sacred. He's behaving like a typical politician.

    But if he wants to be a leader, and not just another politician blinded by the polls, he needs to take courageous moral postion. He needs to respect some basic principles. The people is the supreme authority in a democracy, but the people must be led.

    Shooting at Lebanese civilians is clearly wrong, whatever the polls and the cause, and he needs to publicly acknowledge that. A politician must be pragmatist without sacrifying basic principles.

    Just look atthe Egyptian MB, which recently replied to al Zawhiri accusations by saying that al Qaida's tactics was 'counter-productive'. Not morally wrong, just counter-productive.

  • At 6/13/07, 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So "joseywales".. u happy now? walid eido has been killed.. you spoke right but for the wrong reasons.. will you forgive? now whats the "cause" again? i see no cause.. no life in such a country, no future.

  • At 6/13/07, 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    WAlid Eido got assassinated so maybe you can get off his back NOW!!! how about that??? instea dof waisting time splitting the SINKING country try to UNITE so we won't have to deal with such Terror any longer....and maybe we could finally have a sunner in Lebanon!

  • At 6/14/07, 10:18 AM, Blogger JoseyWales said…


    I am surprised to see may readers visiting this old post. I forgot to close the comment section which I automatically do after a while.

    Of course I am not happy Walid Eido was killed. It's terrible.

    Now anon, YOU get off my back. I was not supposed to criticize Eido 2 years ago because what? I am supposed to know he was going to get killed?

    My criticism was directed at changing an attitude in order to IMPROVE the security situation that is KILLING people and the country.

    That same security situation that unfortunately claimed the lives Mr. Eido, his son and 8 others. May they all rest in peace.

  • At 8/4/07, 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How very, very sad to read this. I live in the UK and I've been researching assassination and attempts in the Middle East because I am concerned for the safety of our former prime minister, Tony Blair, who is intent on trying to help bring peace to this troubled region.

    I wish he wouldn't go. Wish he wasn't driven to this cause, or causes, whatever they are! Though with the madness and murderous intent around at the moment it might be just as dangerous for him here in Britain, by those who judge so harshly.

    Nothing I've read has made me feel more comforted; quite the opposite.

    Where do we go, how do we start to reduce this bitter hatred that only ends in death? Killing those who choose to dedicate their time and energies, and sometimes their lives to the cause of peace, solves nothing.

    I don't know the answer; I wish I did.

    May Mr Eido rest in peace.


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