There a logic to this; almost invariably, politicians lie. However, their body language almost always tells the truth. Yes, it is a proven fact that politicians make lousy poker players; after all, with a few exceptions, they’re essentially salesmen/showmen, adapted to strutting their stuff to a willing public. And beyond this, the non-verbal component of their communication is well documented, and can teach you a lot about the underlying message.
There is a lot one can do with "home equipment" in this respect... By “muting” the shows, one can filter out the “noise”, and by escaping their eloquence, one can focus on body language. Those who don’t understand the language benefit from an added advantage, since they can use the additional information provided by the variations in tonality… Kinda like an anthropologist watching (inner) apes, and correlating utterances to mental states.
In the little “love-in” duet, I could not help but note how Aoun was acting subservient to Nasrallah; his eyes drifting constantly to the “Syed”, looking for approval, signalling with his hands in sign of deference, even crouching in his chair, lowering his shoulders ever so slightly when he was not sure of his point. In contrast, Nasrallah was acting approvingly, like a master proud of his disciple. Not having the sound on, I could not really ascertain whether Aoun was also adjusting his speech pattern and tone.
The solo performance came later. Saad appeared confident and strong, and far less hesitant than before. What followed was ever more interesting; his partisans starting to shoot in the air, to celebrate their boss’ speech. The message send to Hezb was clear, since more than simple fireworks were used…
Still, there must be more optimal ways of displaying one’s power… Such a persistent ignorance of the laws of physics remains galling after so many years of evolution; even our lesser cousins have long figured this out… Luckily, no one got hurt this time around. However, as
What next? Well, the speeches told me nothing, but the context invites caution. Combine this plethora of instruments, the increased brazenness and overconfidence, and you get the feeling that, as the orchestra is gearing up to play, the fight over the best seats has began.