Saturday, May 10, 2008

Between the Lines...

Our self imposed catastrophe pales in comparison with others, but we're the centre of world's attention. Every candidate in the US election will have something to say. Yet Obama’s statement on Lebanon was most interesting. In the middle of platitudes about the necessity for the “effort to undermine Lebanon's elected government needs to stop”, we get this little gem;

It's time to engage in diplomatic efforts to help build a new Lebanese consensus that focuses on electoral reform, an end to the current corrupt patronage system, and the development of the economy that provides for a fair distribution of services, opportunities and employment.

Yes, we all want those things, and more; it's our country after all.

However, note the fact that he makes no mention of the necessary presidential election. Interestingly, this demand for electoral reform is not far from “opposition” demands, formulated before the current mess. I though official US policy was to ask for the election of a president first.

O… What hath Carter wrought upon that Campaign?

Could someone tell that neophyte that he is not yet President of the United States? He will have plenty of chances to “engage” with Syria at our expense, when or if he becomes "President of these 57 states". We may be down, but we're not out yet...

Just spare us the hypocrisy for now


Signed: A bitter Lebanese, still clinging to religion and guns

... while the world goes on


Anonymous said...

Since every sectarian group in Lebanon refers to every other group’s politicians as if each is corrupt beyond redemption, the failure to elect a President coupled with the success of assassinating officials and the dereliction of duty among elected officials suggests that, with astounding regularity, one less politician has become a Lebanese standard. The failure to elect a President has become the farce of a fractured population and at the same time the least of many problems demonstrated daily in Lebanon.

True, the official U.S. policy is to elect a President. Here in the U.S., this election year.

Lebanon, on the other hand, will probably have a President the day after hell freezes over.

Jeha said...

When hell freezes over... So there's hope

Anonymous said...

Surely it is progress that a presidential (almost) nominee even know that electoral reform is an issue in Lebanon. Even those of us who love Lebanon can admit that it is a small country in a big world. I thought Obama's statement at least showed more knowledge of the situation than the typical: "Hezbollah is bad, the democratically elected government is good, we strongly commend the actions of the evil terrorists" statements that we tend to get from American politicians.

Anonymous said...

Anon 18:04

"...we strongly commend..."

I think you meant "condemn". Google it to discover that the word is used by politicians and organizations worldwide to replace blah,blah,blah.