Whatever you say about Aoun

One thing is sure, he could be stubborn, idealistic, or different from other politicians, and so be a possible hope for Lebanon, but he still is very thirsty for power, which would make him behave in the most destructive way – as he showed he could countless times since the 80s – in terms of public interest.

Reading Joseph Samaha on Aoun’s program is quite a relief as he points out the immaturities and contradictions burried in it. The content of this program is a list of vague drastic liberalist policies that would make a Michel Chiha blush, while favoring an enlargement of the State’s size. The program also puts Lebanon on the forefront of the fight against “terrorism” which would make it come closer to Israeli policies than anything else. That’s funny.. or just scary?

Going back to the intricacies of Aoun’s mind, as would genuinely note and in the most simplistic way Nicholas Blanford:

Once one of Syria’s strongest critics and a staunch anti-corruption campaigner, Mr Aoun has struck electoral alliances with some of Lebanon’s most pro-Syrian and most corrupt politicians.

Good luck Lebanon, between a crazy megalomaniac, and a bunch of frustrated confessionalist who lack everything of a culture of public interest.
Let the division of the political pie begin accross ministries and other devices of public extraction.

One Reply to “Whatever you say about Aoun”

  1. Specially Designated Nationals

    The U.S. Treasury Department has begun the process of freezing the assets of both Ghazi Kenaan and Rustom Ghazali. Both have been deemed Specially Designated Nationals, pursuant to an executive order from last year.

    I remain unaware of the extent of the US assets of either man, but one imagines the move to be little more than a rare combination of diplomatic brinkmanship and the heavy plodding of a US federal agency.

    Still the move reminded me of something I have always thought and which has come to mind given recent developments in Lebanon.

    Of course, terms like pro-Syrian and Opposition are pretty useless in trying to describe Lebanese politics. More importantly, I think it is likely that a detailed account of Kenaan’s own experience in Lebanon as both overlord and 24-hour telephone operator would demonstrate just how useless such terms are now and have always been.
    I think perhaps the classic study of Lebanese politics over the last 25 years will come when someone sits down and compares the Lebanon notes of Kenaan and Uri Lubrani. I think only then will we get a real sense of how things happen in Lebanon. Just a quick thought.

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