8.5.05

The Return of the Native?

I've been reading about Aoun's return, and I was hoping that someone else (perhaps in Lebanon?) would post something up about it here. But since nobody has so far, I scoured the list of links on the right, and came up with a list of blogs that have posted something about the topic:

The Beirut Spring: The Orange Revolution
Lebanese Political Journal: Is Michel Aoun our only hope?
Manamania: Surreal. Totally.
About Lebanon: Aoun has returned... Parliament fights!
Ramzi's Blah Blah: Asteroid Aoun15FPM-070505
Think Of That: The General's Return
TRUE LEBANESE: attempt on Aoun's life.....
A window in Lebanon : le retour

Now, I have to say, I'm not a huge fan of Aoun. I grew up in a family that believed that, as BBC News put it today, he "put the country through some of the worst bloodletting since the start of the civil war in 1975". But now, in light of what's happening, I'm re-examining my handed-down attitudes. I'm kind of respecting that stance he took against the Syrians. But more importantly, I am definitely all for his call for an end to sectarianism in Lebanon. The New York Times put it in perspective:
"Others are seeking to eliminate outright sectarianism or confessionalism, as it is called here, while maintaining some form of proportional representation. General Aoun's proposal is to make Lebanon a secular state altogether, a profoundly challenging proposal."

I'd love to hear people's opinions about his return, and especially about his call to end sectarianism. What do you think, especially in context of what's been happening in Iraq, where the Lebanese sectarian system has been often quoted as a model?

13 Comments:

At Sunday, May 08, 2005 4:56:00 AM, Blogger End racism said...

Here's my contribution on the occasion of the return of our beloved monsieur le président...........

 
At Sunday, May 08, 2005 4:58:00 AM, Blogger End racism said...

Oh, btw, Aoun should be arrested and jailed ASAP. In my opinion he should've been arrested as soon as he landed at Beirut Int'l Airport. In fact, he should share a cell with his brother in war and war criminal Samir Geagea.

 
At Sunday, May 08, 2005 5:53:00 AM, Blogger Brian H said...

Confessionalism is obviously something that has to be eradicated, as evidenced by the inane frothing of marsden, above.

 
At Sunday, May 08, 2005 12:09:00 PM, Blogger Mustapha said...

i have taken pictures, see them on beirutspring.blogspot.com

 
At Monday, May 09, 2005 1:59:00 AM, Blogger Charles Malik said...

Marsden,
I realize because of your issues with your mother that you have a lot of problems with the Christians.
But why do you hold back from attacking smiling Nabih and uncle Walid? Berri killed more Palestinians probably than the Israelis. And he did it on Syria's orders.
Jumblatt caused a massive exodus of over 150,000 innocent people and massacred villages. Don't believe me? Ask anyone from Damour who wasn't killed.

 
At Monday, May 09, 2005 5:34:00 AM, Blogger End racism said...

How do you know I don't have problems with Berri, Walid beik & co.?

 
At Tuesday, May 10, 2005 1:33:00 AM, Blogger Charles Malik said...

You just never mention them.

 
At Tuesday, May 10, 2005 5:54:00 PM, Blogger End racism said...

But of course I do.

Just a few entries on my blog in which I talk about and criticise Walid beik.

http://marsden.blogspot.com/2005/04/breaking-news.html
http://marsden.blogspot.com/2005/04/and-they-wonder-why.html
http://marsden.blogspot.com/2005/04/lebanese-soup.html
http://marsden.blogspot.com/2005/03/mass-hysteria-in-lebanon.html
http://marsden.blogspot.com/2005/03/blast-in-jounieh.html

As for Berri, I don't talk about him much because I mostly talk about the main players these days, and Berri has been relatively silent.

 
At Tuesday, May 10, 2005 5:55:00 PM, Blogger End racism said...

Plus, just because I don't mention Berri doesn't mean I don't have problems with him...

 
At Tuesday, May 10, 2005 7:33:00 PM, Blogger Ramzi said...

lebanon.profile
Marsden hates everyone, anyone can see that now. How dare you question his loathing?

 
At Thursday, May 12, 2005 2:54:00 PM, Blogger Tempest said...

"Berri has been relatively silent"...

Refusing to allow parliament to convene. Refusing to look into an election law.
Refusing to look into the release of Dr. Samir Geagea.
Refusing to attend parliament, so as not to be forced to preside over a session.

He's been very, very quiet. Just like Sayyed has been quiet, and Bashar has been quiet... Those are Marsden's friends, remember? They're not 'right-wing fanatic christian war lords'... so they're ok.

 
At Friday, May 13, 2005 7:43:00 AM, Blogger End racism said...

Your point is? "Dr." (war criminal) Geagea should not be released. Why should I criticise Berri for refusing to look into it? Just because Berri is a war criminal too (and is on the loose) doesn't mean Geagea ought to be released.

Yes, all you have to do is look at what's going on in the country these days to see that the Maronites are the only ones who are out there doing some serious shit-disturbing. Even your beloved "opposition"-supporting USA was critical of politician uhh patriarch sfeir..

But let's stop talking about those poor, innocent, always-victimised (same 'argument' as the zionazis use, by the way) and talk about making peace with our neighbour to the south, having this in mind.

 
At Friday, May 13, 2005 7:46:00 AM, Blogger End racism said...

I meant to say:

let's stop talking about those poor, innocent, always-victimised (same 'argument' as the zionazis use, by the way) Maronites ...

 

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