The “Lebanese” standoff is a complex crisis, having at least as much to do with the intransigence of the Syrian-Iranian axis regime, and the duplicity of the Israeli ruling class as with the incompetence of Lebanese politicians.
In the face of Arab and international efforts, the Syrians have already responded, and the Iranians have grumbled a little. To both of them, the only acceptable solution is a return of
The Way Out
And pace the well-meaning idiots,
Still, Mighty Moussa’s mission is not completely useless.
Even if the Arab mediation is successful, Suleiman’s election will do little to change things. For all his professed good intentions, the General may well be as flawed as that other Michel… Unless you still think that the destruction of a camp and subsequent capture of various small fry is victory enough, Shaker El-Absi having escaped. Or worse, the General may find himself hindered by forces beyond his control. Still, if for some reason Moussa is successful, that may buy us some much needed respite. Even a flawed president may be better than the vacuum; time is not on our side, and the next
And if Mighty Moussa is unsuccessful? Well, we can fear the worse on the long term as many outstanding issues remain. But we have a pause of sorts at least till the conclusion of this