Main Stream Media.
I wuz wrong, truth is not the first casualty of war; it is the first casualty of the bias in the Media. As we were “discussing” the latest events, J-U pointed out to me how the news headlines differ among the media;
Future TV, aka Hariri: "5 dead from Mostaqbal"
Euronews: "5 dead from [Hezb] riot"
LBC, aka “LF-ish”: "5 dead from Lebanese Forces"
New TV, aka “I Still Hate Hariri”: "5 dead: 1 from LF, and 4 from Tayyar"
Which leaves us with a total of 15 dead; 6 from LF, 5 from Mostaqbal, 4 from Tayyar, and no Lebanese killed…. Actually, it appears that newTV happens to be closer to the truth this time; there were more than 8 killed and at least 150 wounded. Some of the wounded were not better off than the dead, and a few may rejoin their ranks as time goes on…
And the (deeper) truth behind all this? Well, it is a bit more convoluted, with many facets;
The Limits of Freedom
First, the facts, in my humble, yet accurate, opinion:
1- A Person’s freedom stops at the gate of another One’s Freedom. Simple. Which means that you have the right to demonstrate, but you do not have the right to obstruct me. So no burning tires, even if the big chief decides that it is “legal”. And get out of the private property you’re occupying, or start paying rent.
2- La continuité de l’Etat. The state must go on, and its actions should not be impeded; in that sense, the army and/or the police where under the obligation to remove the barriers and make sure the state of law was upheld. What with those water cannons anyway? Those that were not there… It is in the vacuum left by the security services that the militias poured in.
3- Whether you think Siniora is a crook (who isn’t?) and Hezb are saints (righ), the timing is suspicious, to say the least. Whatever the merits of HassAoun’s proletarian message, those actions only turn
Message to the Saudi; Behold my Flaming Tires
We are the second part of extortion message from Iranians to Saudis;
Part 1; Mary at ExitZero had pointed out an “interesting” piece on AsiaTimes, where Kaveh L Afrasiabi, simply proposes that “the Lebanese crisis be resolved amicably with the reapportionment of cabinet posts more proportional to the balance of political forces in the country, as favoured by not just Hezbollah but also by certain Christian leaders”. The message was noted earlier, and came on the heels of earlier hints by Ali Larijani, but it had little “positive” reaction.
Part 2; The little barbeque of tires. So You think Iraq was bad? Wait till you see
Message to the West: Si Paris m’Etais contée
Part 1; UNIFIL is often reminded to “mind its own business” and to stay out of Hezb’s way. I am sure those villagers were only concerned about Spanish spies; those devious Spaniards invaded us before… No wait, in
Part 2: We can screw up your planned “recovery”. Not that the reform package was great, but the timing there is “blatant”… The
We’ll see this weekend, on the PM’s return from
Facts are stubborn things…
Kinda like electrons, facts speak for themselves. Kinda like electrons;
“I cannot prove that electrons exist, but I believe fervently in their existence. And if you don't believe in them, I have a high voltage cattle prod I'm willing to apply as an argument on their behalf. Electrons speak for themselves.”
Facts, also shock; They Bite...
Thanks to Fubar for pointing this out; it seems that “Oil traders and others believe that the Saudi decision to let the price of oil tumble has more to do with Iran than economics”, and that “the Saudis are not doing this alone, that the other Sunni-dominated oil producing countries and the U.S. are working together”. With that in mind, then Prince Bandar may rather be in
To be sure, pressure seems to be mounting on
So it appears that I may be wrong to assume a “deal” is the works. Either way, whether the Saudis read them the riot act or not, and whether the Iranians may truly be weakening in the midst of all the bluster in front of the gathering storm, those who expect Hezb to fade quietly into the night are in for some disappointment. The Iranians will not so cheaply give up the Crown Jewel of their terror network.
Now where is that home made Arak?
The Final words in this farce belong to the Economist, a better Journal than most;
They see the events are linked to the "the peculiar make-up and intractability of the opposing forces";
"Mr Siniora’s coalition includes Druze and Christian warlords, much of the business elite and the bulk of Sunni Muslims, including extreme fundamentalist groups that see more menace in Shias than in an alliance with America.
Hizbullah, aligned with and armed by Syria and Iran, and doctrinally loyal to the latter, has found allies in old-time leftists, Arab nationalists, Syrian-backed feudal lords and the Peronist-style Christian populists of Michel Aoun, a former general who led a bloody and quixotic revolt against Syrian forces during the civil war.
Evita's need not apply.