The masquerade

After reading Nasrallah’s speech I switch to Saniora’s reply. We have to admit that the guy is good at being stuck in his office with not a single clue of what is happening around him, he should clearly become a model for future movies that feature the typical corrupted minister dropped down from another planet to rule a country who’s name he frequently forgets.

I’m trying to make some sense of what he is saying but it’s very very hard, about Nasrallah’s speech he says it was:

noisy and nervous…and the Lebanese do not accept this attitude

What? The Lebanese? Who are these people? Of course someone must have told him that the hundreds of thousands of people manifesting for more than a week now are all syrians in disguise, or hired super-models he saw on pictures on the internet. Maybe he knows that the opposition is using a technique now commonly used in football stadiums to paint the seats in various colours so that even when the stadium is empty you would still feel it’s full on your TV screen.

He then asks this genius question:

Who appointed you to say I am right and all else is wrong?

Wow! He has a flashback to his time in first grade when one of his schoolmates told him that the earth was revolving around the sun, poor Fouad didn’t know this at the time and asked this guy the killer question: “what makes you think you are right and all the others are wrong?”. I mean honestly, what kind of question is that? Even Bush didn’t come up with this kind of questions to Kerry in the last elections (correct me if I’m wrong Apokraphyte).

He goes on with his nonsensical babbling:

This is a democratic country … This is a nation of entente, a nation of dialogue

He asks, forgetting that the opposition is precisely asking him to resign so that a “national unity” governement could replace the current one-sided cabinet in which the opposition did not have any kind of veto possibility. But then of course he believes the opposition does not have any democratic popular support since they are all foreigners in disguise.

Then new killer question:

Are the streets of Beirut the terrain for the resistance?

Ok at this point we know he has not heard Nasrallah’s speech and his call for a pacific demonstration at its core (well pointed out by Bech). Someone behind him is supplying him with information: “yes they are heavily armed”, “we don’t know how long our troops will hold them back”, “Fouad we should evacuate your life may be in danger” and finally “they are staging a coup“. But he wants to stay and defend his people, soon the americans will arrive with backup he hopes although he’s lost all radio contact with them since the para-millitaries are scrambling all his signals.
What a joke.

About Nasrallah’s confidence in winning the next parliementary elections he grins and accuses him of being a “fortune teller”. Strange… not only he doesn’t know how many people have assembled in front of his palace but also seems to have ignored the poll results conducted after the “July War”, equally forgetting the millions his employer had to spend to buy the last “democratic” exercise and the biased electoral laws.
On this last point however, history might prove him wrong sooner than expected.


7 Replies to “The masquerade”

  1. Euf, you beat me to the Siniora post … Great job. Actually, I was going to say that I sort of liked Siniora (Is it possible to hate accountants or love them?), but he seems to have really veered off course, likely under pressure from the obvious sources. I guess I was being idealistic, but I did feel before and during the war that he was more the kind of Lebanese pol who guard his place in the middle rather zealously. I cannot begin to describe how stupid it is for him, just in terms of sheer political calculation, to take on Nasrallah personally — leave that to the more notable hotheads on the Hariri payroll. But I guess he has sealed his fate … Poor Fouad, boo-hoo, indeed …

  2. So, according to you, the Lebanese standing out there represent all the Lebanese and Nasrallah was speaking on everyone’s behalf?

    I’m not defending the Serail people here, but I’m getting sick of reading/hearing people characterize them in ways that are also VERY applicable to the very people they uphold.

    I long for a debate where people will stop reacting defensively to questions and answer them.
    Turning the tables instead of answering questions might be a good way to manipulate your way through a debate but it’s not the way to move forward.
    I should know, that’s how I win a lot of arguments by leading my “opponent” to exhaustion, but in the end, it just amounts to sweeping dirt underneath the rug and aggrandizing resentment on both sides.

    Maybe March 14 is from Mars and Hezbollah is from Venus and they both need to find a better way to communicate.

    Maybe I just need to go to bed until I sober up.

  3. callipyge, debating just for the sake of debate, because we shoul be “debating” and “everyone has a point” etc. is sometimes useless when political reality is obvious.

    Now of course, you could find points of contention here and there, and surely we try to point them out. But basically on this issue that’s how things are. Taking a side is not a heresy in its self. Sometimes there is one of the possible ways that works better. Nothing to be ashamed of.

    You just have to be able to separate dellusional from realistic (as much as it could be) accounts of reality.

    That’s my thought on the issue, but I understand your intentions.

  4. Hello Callipyge,

    “So, according to you, the Lebanese standing out there represent all the Lebanese and Nasrallah was speaking on everyone’s behalf?”

    I don’t think I ever said anything like this. But they represent a good quarter of the population, at least as many as the 14th of march numbers if not more. Which can lead us to assume there are many more out there who support them. Roughly you should double the numbers to know how many people tend to support the opposition, so that’s half the country. If you take out all those who take no sides in this it leaves you with lower numbers in favor of the current government.

  5. about fouad…
    poor fouad, iwonder if he doesn’t sometimes regret when he was simply general manager in hariri’s bank ?
    and i’m quite excited about what he will declare tomorrow…for the first time in years, i’m having fun listening to his speeches.
    about figures…
    liars falling in their own trap. if the 14th of march 05 demonstration gatherd 1 million people, then today we were 2 millions !

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