Miners relied on Canaries, who are very sensitive to those gases; if the level of methane or carbon monoxide got too high, the bird’s chirping would cease, and the end of the musical interlude would tell the miners that it was time to mosh kosh outta there.
The 1975 civil war brought an end to this freewheeling republic. Heck, it was far from perfect, but it remains to date the only Arab experiment in freedom. In his quest to help establish an Arab democracy, Bush knocked (down) the wrong door.
And no, wearing a tie, or not wearing the scarf does NOT count as secular. Bashar is not secular. No,
But I digress…
No other valid ideas came to fill this void; the only thing the Baath and PSNS were able to fill was shelve upon shelve of obsolete newspeak, and the intellectual void was too easily filled by the reinforcing of Mullahocracy, first amongst Arabs, and then in
By the end of the civil war in
For all his qualities, the late Rafic Hariri had a crucial fault; he did not appear completely understand the need for diversification, which led him to "overestimate" the Peace Process. Whatever the case may be, he bet the farm, and our children’s futures, on a real estate play called “SOLIDERE”… 40 Billion $ and change later, with the Army fighting Fath-Al-Rats, Hezb and his goons are parking downtown, slowly smothering his achievements.
The Syrians and Iranians did not give up taking over
Note the parallels between Syria-Iran's Palestinian and Lebanese policy.
Step 2: provoke a split between your client group and the others.
Step 3: negotiate a deal in which your clients have about half the power.
Step 4: use the deal to get stronger, then break it and take over completely.
The Value of Canaries
Some could be temped to sacrifice
We have seen in the last decade the decline of the American government and the weakness of the American soldier who is ready to wage Cold Wars and unprepared to fight long wars. This was proven in
You are only as strong as your last victory.