Sunday, October 21, 2007


Run away from a fight, only to fall into a larger fight.

Such has been the modus operandi of those who claim March 14th, ever since they mistook our resolve on that fateful day for a blank check to go back to their old simagrées

Yes, Democracy is, for all practical purposes, is worst of regimes with the exception of all others. However, it generates too many damp squibs in lieu of real leaders, and then struggles to face determined dictatorships… At least in the short term. Today, we do not have democracies in the world, as many fear the excesses of the past; so we only have representative republics instead… And our Lebanese version of the republican system is not as representative as it should be.

The Byzantine debate goes on among the “elites” on whether this is a systemic feature due to our people’s divisions, whether it is due to foreign interference… Or both…

Yet it all irrelevant at this stage

With old occupiers banging at the gates, and a de facto parasitic state growing within our midst, we desperately need to get our affairs in order, or have others do it for us.

And this is where our representative system of government is failing; rather than addressing real issues, our “leaders” are wasting our time in sand box fights, cheap thrills, and letting opportunities wither away. It is no wonder such systemic decision avoidance leaves many holdovers from Syrian days.

Much like the Western nations facing the Nazis on the eve of the Second World War, they have kept avoiding hard decisions, allowing the militarization of the Ruhr to proceed, participating to the Berlin Olympics, caving in during Munich, only to be forced into a fight with a far stronger Germany over Dantzig.

In Lebanon, this Presidential election is our Dantzig.

They have delayed far too much, and now they need to vote and get it over with. I do not care whether you are pro or against Hariri, Aoun, Nasrallah, Berri, Geagea, Joumblat … etc… The stakes are too high; we need this election to proceed by the rules of the game.

Yes, it may be a flawed game. But it is the only “free” game in the entire Arab world… And may be even beyond it.

If you want to improve it, better keep the game going.


Blacksmith Jade said...

Well put Jeha.

Anonymous said...

The leadership of M14 is pathetic; they may have the right positions but they are much weaker leaders than M8.

They will lose. Deal with it.

ghassan karam said...

The "game" in Lebanon is beyond flawed, it is rotten to the core. Yet there is a slim possibility for redemption and as we all know hope spring eternal. But what is clear is that there is no chance in hell to redeem the positions of HA short of dissolving the organization. That is the only reason to cheer for the March 14 side.
It is a mistake to think that this stand off is about the Presidential post. The post , after Taif, has been stripped of most of its powers and the Lebanese system has become much more Parliamentarian rather than being Presidential. The real tug of war is over what kind of a policy is the Lebanese government to follow in the future much more than whether Mr. Rizk or General Aoun are to become the next occupants of the Presidential palace.
In the current Lebanese set up ,just like the current Iraqi system ,the presidential office has no power to affect policy but the symbolism for the Iraqi Kurds is important in the same way that it is imortant for the Lebanese Christians.
In principal,the actual mechanism of electing the Lebanese president is similar to that in many other countries in the world. Our system , however, becomes unique among all nations because our representatives never even attempt to choose the person that is best for Lebanon. They are above everything else trying to please foreign masters. I know of no country in the world, large or small, where its own representatives are the first to "sell" their votes to outside powers. We must be a particularly attractive location for ambassadors since many are expected to act as king makers. If we do not like what we have, and there is nothing to like about this corrupt system, theb we have no one to blame but ourselves since we are the ones who insist on holding an auction amongst foreign powers whenever the opportunity arises.

Anonymous said...

"The sixth angel blew his trumpet; and I heard a single voice speaking from among the horns of the golden incense altar which is in the presence of God"
Revelation 9:13

need i say more?

ghassan karam said...

Anon 5:24,
I am afraid that you have to say more. I must say, that I have no idea whatsoever about what you are talking about.

ghassan karam said...

J, Unfortunately for the Lebanese, it has been obvious for a long time that it is too little too late. The bar has been set so low that we should be able to crawl over it. I still believe that March 14 will wind up on top in this struggle but this does not mean that much except when you consider the alternative,