He has a point
Yes, he does.
About two weeks ago, “people” heard that a few posters of his uncle Rifaat were posted in some areas of
Then news came along this past week that the same Rifaat was being hosted by the Saudis.
The Real Audience
So, in spite of the brewing unrest in an ever-struggling
Rifaat had fallen in disgrace after a failed coup attempt against his bother, then president Hafez. He attempted a timid “come back” since the time of Bashar’s rise, but he was seen off rather effectively. Back then, there was much talk about “younger Arab leaders”, of a “new generation” who could “change things” and “reform”…
That was then…
One crime too many, eh?
Or was Chirac only stating the West’s position that the “free world” may only be willing to tolerate blood thirsty dictators, provided they do not step out of their allotted sandbox. Apparently, old Lyndon B. Johnson’s famous description of the leader of (another) banana republic still applies;
“He may be an asshole, but he is our asshole”
No wonder the Saudis prefer Rifaat; after
So, in the added context of a relentless UN bureaucracy, no wonder Hezbo, and more “thoughtful” voices are now acting up and talking tough… and no wonder Joumblat is upping the ante, in apparent response to Bashar…
Some may think it is good politics…
But they better watch for Bad Karma…