Those expecting anything positive to come from
In any case, for
Political Capital Crashed and Burned
First, Hezb lost much by achieving a victory that is increasingly perceived as one of Shiites against Sunnis. The idiots gathered under 8حِمار do not appear to realize that theirs is now perceived as a uniquely sectarian grouping, not a national opposition. No spin can hide two key facts;
2- The Druze stood their ground, taking the “Divine” out of Nasrallah’s wind. Yes, his followers feel emboldened, but all the spin will not hide those Iranians who were caught up in in the Chouf’s maquis.
Way to go, Divine Dude...
A Hard Landing for
More worrying, Hariri lost much in this fight. He had been an ineffective leader so far, and has lost in two key respects;
1- For all his insistence on peaceful dialogue and coexistence, he had done little to strengthen civil society over the past two years. The government latest climb-down secured those who claim March 14th the nickname 14حِمار.
2- With the sectarian genie out of the bottle, many Sunnis are shopping around for another leader. It will take much more money for Hariri to regain their trust, if he ever had it. I fear he could only do so by throwing the fundamentalists another bone, thereby storing more trouble for the future, and undermining the case against his father’s real killers.
Way to go, Sonny Boy…
The Control Tower
A worse consequence of the
We’re now back to the days of the Mutasarrifiya, with much power devolved to local Zaims; the puppets remain the same, but only the puppeteers change. But this time, the fight has just began; Metternich is not around to remind those puppeteers the cost of unrest in Lebanon.
“Tell the Sultan, if there is war in
... A Silver Lining;
At least, one positive thing came out of this whole mess; except for one Divine Troglodyte, the politicians are all gone, out of the country. Let them mess up Qatar for a change. see how the Emir likes it.