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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Fun with Johny Abdo

Here we go again: “I know who did it (corruption/murder/bombing) and by God Almighty one day I’m gonna tell Mama on you”. And then: NOTHING.

Here is the story from Naharnet:

Johny Abdo: 'Lebanese Party,' Not Hizbullah Involved in Bombings

"A Lebanese party, not Hizbullah [Hezbollah], is involved in the bombings that took place after March 14," Abdo, who resides in France, told Giselle Khoury's "Bil Arabi" program on Al Arabiya TV channel on Thursday.

Thanks a lot Johny (yes, only one “n”). But really WHO is this “party”? I could not get the original Arabic. So did he say “hezb” (political party) or did he say “taraf” (“group or side”)? Does not matter. How about SPECIFICS Johnny? WHO? WHY are you not saying? WHAT do you know? The interview was on Arabiya TV with Giselle Khoury whose husband, Samir Kassir, was MURDERED in one of those bombings.

I did not see the “Bil-Arabi” program, but if she asked him the above questions, either she got no answers or the Nahar idiots did not report them (doubtful).
He [Abdo} also warned that Premier Fouad Saniora [Seniora] Parliament’s majority leader Saad Hariri and Druze leader Walid Jumblat [Joumblatt] were "in the sphere of danger."

Just beat me to it Johny, I was about to warn Walid and Foufou. So thanks for saving me the long distance charges. I doubt anyone is after bland Saad. And Saad, congrats on being blander than Foufou. I did not think it possible.
About Hizbullah's demands for a national unity government, Abdo said such attempts are aimed at undermining efforts to set up an international tribunal to try ex-Premier Rafik Hariri's assassins.

Yep Johny, right again though not exactly insightful. Lebanese cab-drivers have been telling their passengers just that, for weeks now.
He also described Hizbullah's victory as "strategic" and said it was "wrong to talk about the fate of Hizbullah's arms in this period."

Ok Johny, we disagree a bit here. It may be too late to talk about Hezbo's weapons, and there may be a better time. But “victory?" “Strategic?” A "Lebanese" party (i.e. NOT Syrian)? Could you be running for President next year? Shocked, I am shocked I tell you.

Johny Abdo was the head of Lebanese military intelligence at one point, so you would think he knows his facts. A Haririst, Johny fell out of favor with the Lahoud regime in its heyday. Back then, thugs manhandled his wife and pushed her to the ground in a Beirut or Jounieh supermarket.

He vowed then: "Stop it or I’ll tell Mama on you, cuz I know who did it"(paraphrasing, of course). Thank God Mrs. Abdo is now safe in the aisles of (Parisian) supermarkets.

This guy was a top officer and an ambassador, and is now a presidential contender and his idea of rule-of-law is “leave my wife alone?” What about the rest of the citizenry? What about the bombers running loose now? These people talk all the time but say nothing (and do nothing).

If we wanted an I-know-who-dunnit-and-one-of these-days-perhaps-maybe-I’ll-do-something-about-it head of non-state, we already have one.

PS Lahoud, Joumblatt and others also play this silly game. See Stop Corruption But Not Now, Next Time


  • At 10/8/06, 8:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "I doubt anyone is after bland Saad. And Saad, congrats on being blander than Foufou"

    Let me congratulate you on your virility, cowboy. You're not bland. You're just a simpleton, not worthy of shining Foufou's shoes.

    For the first time in its history, Lebanon has a terrific prime minister, and yet, there is a dumb cowboy who berates him.

    Try to think before you write rubbish. In real life, things are more complicated than in Westerns movies, Mr Josey Wales. Get an education and learn a thing or two about diplomacy. You're just like the angry arab. Fanatics who think they're holier than thou.

    You're pathetic.

  • At 10/8/06, 8:25 PM, Blogger Lazarus said…


    do you have an argument as to why siniora is not bland? can you pinpoint 5 achievements that make him worthy of being called a "terrific prime minister?"

    jw, i agree it's a shame that they keep using corruption as this card they threaten with but will never play. it has lost all meaning already.

  • At 10/8/06, 8:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mr. Saniora is more than bland. He is indecisive and borders on being incompetent. But this is not the issue. The whole political culture in Lebanon needs to be changed otherwise the country will not be able to move forward. Simply stated, those responsible for the problem cannot be entrusted with solving it.

  • At 10/9/06, 4:36 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said…


    You got a point? Can't you make it without getting personal. Spare me the "cowboy" and "get an education" crap.

    Seniora has pluses and minuses, but bland he is.

    When he speaks on TV, it's boring uninspiring claptrap that puts people to sleep (same with Saad).

    Furthermore what he says is counterproductive and hurts his OWN agenda (praising HA etc.)

    I don't necessarily think he should be replaced now (given the circumstances and the unfortunate lack of alternatives).

  • At 10/9/06, 5:21 PM, Blogger Wil said…

    One post a month! Don't overdo it JW!

  • At 10/9/06, 7:40 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    OK Wil,

    Got your point. Sorry but very busy at work and in personal life.

    Should get more active soon.

  • At 10/10/06, 2:43 PM, Blogger Ms Levantine said…

    You have got to love the traditional cryptic Lebanese political discourse: I can't say who did what to you know whom with the support of a country I can't mention, who incidentally has problems with the other country, although frankly I think it is overblown, following the secret meeting we cannot talk about publicly (wink wink) but of course you all understand what I am talking about...

    At least Josey W you are making fun of the guy. He fully deserves our scorn, and he is not the only one, you know who else I am talking about... :-)

    Regarding Saniora, W/Laz/Ghassan I find you a little harsh. Given the constraints he is doing a decent job.

  • At 10/10/06, 4:27 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    Thanks for a good laugh Ms Lev, and the bizarre thing is that the press is guilty of same or worse.

    Re being harsh on Seniora, it's a "fun" piece and I could not resist.

    I called Seniora "Milquetoast" before and throughout the war. I agree with you that he should now be given the benefit of the doubt. Though, again, I wish he (and FM) would aggressively state and sell their agenda.

  • At 10/12/06, 2:01 AM, Blogger Blacksmith Jade said…

    I'm gonna have to go with the rest of the crowd - and against khalid - in agreeing that a little criticism of Seniora isn't a bad thing. Do, indeed, tell us mr. khalid, what has seniora done to deserve such a "martyr-like" position of untouchability?

    Either way he IS better than Karami on any given day, and I support any moves that aim to dwindle the influence of the Syrian regime in Lebanon. Even if the main proponents of these moves are slimmy, corrupt, buggers...I guess everyone knows who I'm talking about!

  • At 10/13/06, 12:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Though, again, I wish he (and FM) would aggressively state and sell their agenda."

    Aggressively eh?

    To be aggressive you need to flex some muscles. With what? The Lebanese army?

    Bluffing does not work in this case.

    Welcome back to cyberspace dude.

  • At 10/13/06, 5:45 PM, Blogger Fares said…

  • At 10/13/06, 6:10 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said…


    You sell your agenda by having one, and talking about it (media campaign etc) and arguing against the ideas of your opponents to weaken them.

    It's not that hard. But I am afraid it's not in our political culture and/or these people have no vision/agenda.


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