political desperation is never a good thing

From wherever you look at it, political despair is surely not a good thing.

I wonder exactly why Samir Geagea and Walid Jumblat (two ex ‘civil’ warlord) are not turning their tongue seven times in their mouth before they utter their non-sense. How can they keep a straight face when they think they should give lessons of patriotism to Hassan Nasrallah?
This is desperation:

Dismissing the hundreds of thousands of supporters who gathered for the Hizbullah rally last Friday, Jumblatt said: “We are also able to gather a large number of people, but our people are different from theirs, and I insist on that.”
“Our people are democratic and open to discussions while theirs are stiff. They have one path and one following, to Syria and Iran,” he added.

It’s like the kid who says to his friend, “no my dad is greater” to which the kid answer, “but I have a bigger house”, and the other replies “but my house is in a nicer neighborhood”, etc.
Jumblatt seems to say “they can defeat the Israeli army, fine, but they are friends with our ex-friends whom we can’t be friends with because now we are friends with their direct enemies, so we’re going to pick on them, because it’s either this or political isolation”.
I wonder if he can really bring that many people to a gathering today. it would be interesting to see. I bet that him, geagea adn hariri cannot bring half of the people hezbollah brought to this gathering. So why can’t we call this the “cedar revolution”? Maybe because the cedar as a concept can only be used for chauvinistic purposes.

Jumblatt can stop also not say anything coherent (although this may simply be a Daily Star’s editing or translation mistake):

“They already wanted to eliminate Taif so the country would be an open arena for the Islamic Republic’s ambitions in the region, which also eases the return of the Syrian regime,” he said.

And Geagea calls for a rally as a tribute for the Christians dead during the civil war.
what? pardon me? Isn’t this out of the subject of the day? I am sure the Christians that are dead during the war would love to see Geagea disappearing and finally having peace between the different communities in this country so that they start thinking they did not die for nothing after all. Is it like another fake tour de force – We can do better rallies than you! – only this time you need to play on the confessional string in order to get a couple of dudes to come. Oh and he also said (just like Jumblat) that Hezbollah should stop being allied with Syria. No, his exacting wording was (according to Naharnet’s translation): Choose between loyalty to Lebanon or Syria. mm… How can you talk of loyalty to a country to a group who just had i don’t know how many dudes dying on its soil and win a battle against a foreign intruder? I leave it there.

Next political dellusion: Negroponte says that the US fears an Al-Qaeda infiltration of Lebanon. Yeah all the reasons are good. Let’s just remind the readers who is John Negroponte.

There are many political dellusion. We live in a world where weak men – or failed statesmen – are found in abundance. The trick is to calm down and not write long posts like I do. But for now, I can’t just calm down…


7 Replies to “political desperation is never a good thing”

  1. it felt good to read this. bifish elkhili’.
    Geagea so eloquently stated on an interview with future tv, during the war mind you, that nasrallah needs to answer to the Lebanese diplomats and then he went on threatening that they still remember how to put a canon together! All the while sitting in front of the flag of the Lebanese forces. That’s when I realized that absolutely nothing has changed. I don’t like to talk about jumblat not to get too aggravated as well. As for a rally in memory of the Christians who died in the civil war! What? with Jumblat’s blessings? and which christians would that be? some of the ones he killed.. Where do they get the nerves? no wonder some lebanese kids are actually convinced even today that the divide in lebanon is only based on religion and that it’s a christian muslim conflict. i think they’re feeding off the world’s image of muslims before looking within our immediate politics.

    It’s outside the point like you said but it’s nothing but a cheap revival of confessional divides and grudges. I just don’t see the end of this..

  2. Whilst I do have mixed feelings for Samir Geagea and the LF, I do think I should inform you the Martyr’s Mass does take place every year. It was a lot larger this year since it is the first time the mass is held after the LF was once again recognized. If you check out the LF forums you will see that the mass was being prepared weeks before Hassan Nassrallah even announced his rally.

    That is all besides the point though…

    As a person with my political beliefs, I was glad someone who at the moment is representing me as a Christian did answer back to Hassan Nasrallah since I do not agree with his views BUT at the same time I did mention on my blog that I do not want any of those “leaders” that just keep bashing each other. I was actual work to be done.

  3. I agree the rally was prepared weeks before. But Geagea nonetheless talked about it publicly in comparison with Nassrallah’s rally. If he was a little bit more politically mature he could have kept it low profile becaus such rallies (the christian one) has nothing to do with hezbollah’s.

  4. Great post, great blog!! Keep it up, guys!

    Geagea should’ve rot in that prison cell. I am sure the people he killed would’ve appreciated that. But again, it was Junblatt and Hariri who got him out, to prop him up as a Christian “leader” for their “coalition” plans. But I blame HezbAllah for bringing this imbecile government into being.

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