Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The Mouse has Roared (?)

The scientific evidence is quite intriguing. Given enough time, the right genetic mutations, and the right environment, worms may evolve into vertebrates, thus named because of a central attribute of the taxa; the spine.

This is a new feature in Lebanon. Another new feature is the new found courage of the Lebanese mouse, and found the strength to roar at the Syrian lion.

Hallelujah!

March 14th feels emboldened by the support granted it at the Arab Summit; with Siniora calling Berri’s bluff, they appear to be making preparations for calling a parliamentary session. They can do find a way to do this, since they have the deputies, the Deputy speaker of parliament, and enough international support to push this through. Berri finds himself under pressure to defect from his own camp, but this may well prove to be one hoop too much for the istiz

The worse that can happen is a campaign of assassinations, bombing, and Hezb may ruin the country’s economy, and may even provoke war... Sounds familiar, it should.

And since we already got that out of the way, might as well… Especially that this time, there are witnesses;

Testify, Brother Ban!

Hallelujah! Part Deux…

I was sceptical about March 14th resolve, but the flurry of activity by March 8th has (partially) changed my mind. After the defence of Iran at Ryad, came the threats voiced by Hezb’s mouthpiece(s), Aoun has decided to bring up the presidential election, again…

Once upon a time, Der General promised a swift liberation of the country. Closer to us, he re-assured us that his little jamboree would be over by Christmas, with a new government in place. Now he is certain that the elections will be postponed. While, I may agree with the latest prediction, I am pretty sure he is out of contention… very far out. But I digress…

The fact remains that March 8th is really rallying the ranks, digging in for a delayed action on the International tribunal. Syria and its Quislings is grasping for support wherever it may find it, and appears to put much stock in Nancy’s visit.

Why, Oh Why? O Nancy...

Every time a useful idiot visits the Syrians or makes any conciliatory moves, we end up with assassinations, mass demonstrations, and terrorist bombings. I dread the results of Pelosi’s visit; if Nancy really wanted to support Lebanon, and no hope nor illusions about her trip, why waste the time? Even if she went to Lebanon first, and met all the gang, she will do little to dispel Syrian hopes.

Maybe Angela Merkel’s visit was designed to compensate for any potential nasty downfall. One can hope, but I am always fearful when I hear people who call themselves “realists” discuss “engagement” with the likes of Syria and Iran. On the long run, they disregard the likes of Ben Laden, who once found that the Marine’s evacuation from Beirut was a sign of the West’s lack of resolve… In some respect, 9/11 started back in Beirut.

In the immediate, however, and closer to our necks, I fear those Western Capitalists will sell them the rope with which the Syrians will hang us

7 comments:

Bashir said...

just noticed your signature on the drawings. v good art work.

Jeha said...

Thanks!

I am glad you like the artwork. I enjoy messing around with a pen as I listen to news... By the way, they're "copyleft", so you're welcome to use them...

ghassan karam said...

I am so glad that your art work is "copyleft" since I often find myself lecturing about the abuses of IPR. Do you know that Mickey Mouse who is over fifty years old is still protected by IPR's?

Back to your post. It is unfortunate that our Mouse is not as smart, witty and cunning as the original oneof almost sixty years ago:-) None the less he did roar and maybe he will develop more self confidence and become more effective or is this to be filed under wishful thinking?

Jeha said...

I am sold on the "copyleft" movement, especially after the extensions of copyrights to ensure added profits for the likes of Disney... To think that a patent is covered by far less time than art is unfair, and may prove to be more damaging in the long run. I understand the need to protect artists, but this is a tad too much, especially that art has a very visible impact in our lives, and copyright law is increasingly used to challenge free speech...

Back to the mouse. I trust in evolution, and that mouse may finally evolve into something more assertive. But evolution is a slow process; it took a while for worms to evolve spines. This one may be no different, and it may prove to be more time than we can personally afford.

ghassan karam said...

If I am not mistaken invertebrates are over 90% of the animal specie!!!!

Jeha said...

Hence the tragedy of Lebanon; sometimes the horse race among our leaders, feels more like a worm race. On balance, I think those who claim March 14 are more amenable to evolution than the sheep who follow after March 8.

The latter group appears to have lost the initiative, and is only reacting to events. Their shepherds appear scared, cracking down on dissent at home, basing it on dubious justifications.

Solomon2 said...

Your cartoon of Pelosi is so close to my mental image of her that the correspondence is rather frightening. For some months now I've had the idea that of all the bloggers out there, your thought processes match mine most closely; now I know it. However, I cannot match your artwork. Good job.