27.7.05

The sane world of Lebanese politics

This isn't exactly breaking news, but I just read that the ministry for Energy went to Hizbollah.

I wonder if it's the smartest thing to give control of the debt-ridden Electricite du Liban to the guy representing the party that's by and large responsible for a huge chunk of this debt. So, instead of the employees going to Dahiye and trying to get people to pay their bills (and getting assaulted in the process), the minister will just ignore the region, fire those employees, and save some cash on salaries (and hospital bills).

Crazy world.

8 Comments:

At Thursday, July 28, 2005 12:01:00 AM, Blogger callipyge said...

This could also be a SMART MOVE to highlight Hezbollah's lack of competence and create a valid excuse for ousting that party from power later on.
It's easier to exclude someone from the political scene because they can't do their job properly rather than because they have funny beards and people of the Jnoub like them

 
At Thursday, July 28, 2005 12:39:00 AM, Blogger Eve said...

So, if you gave that post to another party, or perhaps to a beardless figure, they'll save us from this one-hundred-year old debt?

 
At Thursday, July 28, 2005 12:44:00 AM, Blogger Tempest said...

That wasn't my argument. My argument was that this party pointedly does NOT pay electricity bills, isn't it a bit ironic that they now control that ministry?

 
At Thursday, July 28, 2005 9:39:00 AM, Blogger Bashir said...

Hi tempest,
it is not true that people living in Dahiya do not pay their Electrical bills, all of my relatives, my family, old neighbours and friends and their families etc. live in bir al abid, burj al barajina, shiah, harat hureik, ruweis, etc. (these are places in the Dahiya) and they all, and i mean all of them, pay their bills, fully. "this party pointedly does NOT pay electricity bills" is not an accurate an objective statement. some incidents in some neighbourhood might have happened regarding evading paying electric bills, but to generalize to a large area and to a group of people as a whole is dangerous and damaging.

regards and respect.

 
At Thursday, July 28, 2005 12:01:00 PM, Blogger Rampurple said...

Tempest.. let's not generalize. What you say is partially true BUT did you think of why Hizbullah wanted this post? In my opinion its to improve the situation in the south when it comes to electricity, since it's horrible down there.

I am not saying I agree with this, but I rather them have this ministry and not the tourism ministry ;)

 
At Thursday, July 28, 2005 3:15:00 PM, Blogger Tempest said...

Rampurple, true. Better this than the foreign ministry, or some other high-profile post. I only wanted to point out the Irony of such an appointment.

But in regards to me 'generalizing'. Could you (or bashir) clarify? Bashir, I know the neighborhoods of dahiya, first of all. My statement gave Dahiye as an example. I didn't say everyone living in Dahiye evades bills. You, on the other hand, claimed that THEY ALL PAY THEIR BILLS FULLY.

HOWEVER, I do stand by my statement, Hizbollah thinks it is above the law, and MANY of it's members do not pay bills. (Be it in Dahiye or elsewhere). They think the rest of the country OWES them. This is one of the major causes behind the massive debt that EdL is under. You can't deny this with a straight face.

 
At Friday, July 29, 2005 5:49:00 PM, Blogger Bashir said...

hi tempest,

thanks for clarifying the point about the inhabitants of the suburbs (Dahiye). I misinterpreted your statement "So, instead of the employees going to Dahiye and trying to get people to pay their bills (and getting assaulted in the process)" as meaning that ALL the inhabitants of the suburbs do not pay their bills, which I know is not true and I also know some people who tried to get free electricity got fined and they paid for it. As for me saying they ALL PAY, I meant the people I stated, that is those that I know.

Other major causes behind the massive debts are the corruption in the ministry that goes back decades, and different parties and groups are also responsible for it too.

I understood that your issue is with Hizbollah, more than it is with the corruption going on in EDL. Am I right?

Regards.

 
At Friday, July 29, 2005 8:50:00 PM, Blogger Tempest said...

Both, my friend. both.

 

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