In this respect, Sleiman Beyk’s absurdly stupid diatribe against the Lebanese Forces, only makes sense if one considers that he is effectively contained in the “Christian street” in Northern Lebanon, with Aoun nowhere to be found.
Most people are disappointed enough to stay away from politics, at least “those politics”, which definitely limits his “client base”. And not all Christians are disgusted enough by Aoun to follow Geagea, and many army towns such as Kobeyyat will never go to the “Hakim”, but the growth of the LF in
His own political appeal has always been limited compared to others from his clan... And now, his power is under threat from others in the Moawad clan, and even from within his own clan from his uncle Samir… Even his own son may get in on the action.
In this respect, his little outburst is only an attempt at closing the clan’s ranks. He is trying to bring back the memories of his father, killed by Geagea, the Gemayels, and… Hobeika. I am not sure how he can explain befriending this last one… In any case, closing the ranks has been the fashion this past week, as we are gearing up for more escalation. Pardon;” civil disobedience”…
The Hariri / March 14th camp was closing ranks as well, using the fear of Hezb’s rising new canton… Hezb’s formidable force of occupation will justify some financial arm-wrestling, and maybe bringing in some measure of support to Lebanon’s beleaguered government, leaving the people to fend for themselves... Rather than keeping Lebanon out of the gathering storm, we’re diving deeper into it…
Rather than splitting away, the Iranians and Syrians, appear to be closing ranks as well, with a new weapon in their arsenal; Photoshop! It beats killing defenceless civilians, and makes better news than throwing rocks are peacekeepers, and it has more “visibility” than shifting some troops around… So, if you can’t launch a satellite, you can make it look like you did; your supporters will believe you enough to gobble up those plastic keys, and rise to your defence.
But you can’t fire Photoshop rockets.