The Real Contest
Ever since we have come under the increased attention of those in authority, the United States have been directly involved in our little country; no more “outsourcing”… Disengagement may have been “the most sensible policy” on the short term, but the long term yielded things such as 9/11.
So it is no wonder that, as we Lebanese wait for our president to be “elected”, we look with concern at the contest for control of the world’s capital. This contest has now narrowed down; among a hyped-up amateur, an eager political operator, and an hothead(?) war veteran.
Such political contests are fun to watch, especially when the Mundial is not on, or the
Having been watching the horse race for a while now, I can feel vindicated that my picks have been reaching the finish line… At least I get more luck at the office betting pool with politics;
Those political contests in the
The Khazen’s had historically been the bankers of the
Yet a few upstarts were rising in their Kesrouan domain.
On day, Ghanem had organized a huge lunch in Jounieh, Kesrouan’s port city. When told about it, one of the Khazen elders commented simply;
“We’ll see them at dinner”
Facts, Stubborn Facts
And so it remains in politics; short term hype may not always yield to a lasting effect. In the United States, the Obama challenge is deflating as an otherwise promising candidate is proving to another misguided politician who appears to think there can be a moral equivalency between the United States and other countries. The question has been often framed as such;
And if the United States—the most dominant military and economic power the world has ever known—believes that it and its allies do not have to play by the rules, why should Hezbollah or anyone else?
But the framing is wrong. This is neither about morals, nor about “dialogue of civilizations, but about rival national interests. Ever since Colbert, it was clear that states have no friends, no principles, only “Raison d'État”. And ever since Stalin, it was clear that might will always be right, albeit the “soft power of ideas” can still win over the long run… especially when backed by cheap(er) Saudi oil.
The teams of both “Billary” and McCain appear closer to understanding the world’s new realities. Hyped they may be, but far less "audaciously" so than Obama; rather than a candidate who happens to be black, that slick operator is proving to be just another black candidate. should they continue along this path, the few idiots around Obama are leading him to misunderstanding the world’s underlying dynamics, which could yield to a likely defeat.
First, they have yet to get Ben Laden’s memo, but a lot more others were swayed by his prose, which clearly shows that this is a fight to the end, with no away, and no out;
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
Second, they appear to misunderstand the true nature of American pride. And no obfuscation can hide them; as more people realize that Barak is closer to Sharpton that MLK, they will dump him for the lesser of two evils.
…And that’s what worries me;
The vocal concerns for