So, after a series of planes, pre-dawn trains & stolen laptops peppered with pneumonia & other chest complaints, the Remarkz team looks to be re-emerging.
And to what?
The last digit’s now 7, Michel Hayek has another shot at emulating Nostradamus (he too was a charlatan speaking in tongues), Saddam’s dead, and insane business as usual prevails in the Middle East. Sticking with Saddam, I read somewhere (sorry, can’t find the link) that Al Jazeera conducted a poll asking how Saddam’s lynching impacted on readers/viewers. The overwhelming majority saw it as a humiliation over the other options of justice for his victims or proper legal process (cue laugh). Did the decision-makers anticipate this? When I say decision-makers, I am referring to the occupation force, not the ignoble puppets they’re riding. Only the Empire can make a death’s door hero of the man. The Angry Arab reliably captures the significance.
Just as an aside, if the ever-googling-yourself Michael Totten comes across this, look up the word irony and then apply it to As’ad’s use of his blogger name. Oh, & I hear the stars (& stripes) say 2007 sees you and your “pro-democracy” brethren in Lebanon come into some serious cash.
On to another battle of civilisations. So, we have a resurrection of the word Savafids as a pejorative stamp on Shiias, specifically aimed at de-Arabising Arab Shiias. Would this make the modern champions of this word, namely Al Qaeda (who first brought it back into vogue), miscellaneous extremists whose dystopian vision of a Middle East is being fleshed out everyday (or de-fleshed), and Walid Jumblatt, good Ottomans? And how does Safavid Arabism fare as compared with, say, Ottoman Arabism? If I did not have the reputations of my esteemed co-bloggers at heart, I’d say it’s all the usual divisive horseshit from the usual suspects. More on the Iraqi sectarian divide here.
On bringing history into the present day, there’s one unfairly disadvantaged period in Lebanese history, and that is the civil war. Bech recently posted about the sale of the Ein el Roumaneh bus, and Bashir advised that the motivation of the seller was a need for money. Understandable. But the non-Lebanese mind must boggle at how key symbols of a key period in Lebanese history have no national currency. Of course, the fact that this period of brutality is not taught in schools gives some indication. What does a bus mean in a 15 year blackout? No easily accessible light switch for Lebanon, no unified history, no truth, no reconciliation, just the same sadly not-tired-enough war criminals obstructing any real effort for progress. A formidable foundation for a shining future.
Bring on 2007.