Our fellow blogger, mustapha had a great idea of writing down a petition showing our disapproval of the Arab media's attempts to discredit Detlev Mehlis credibility and his professionalism. Please sign the petition if you oppose such actions. It is a small effort, which shows our real feelings.
the petition reads as such:

To: International and Arab Media Outlets
We, the undersigned, are noticing with increasing dismay the willingness
of various media outlets to propagate the contemptible policy of discrediting
Mr. Detlev Mehlis, the German Prosecutor in charge of finding the truth
about the Hariri assassination. We are listening with horror as different groups
are trying to cast doubts on his impartiality and on his general integrity.

We have seen how Mr. Mehlis works and we trust that he’s doing a great job;
we admire his professionalism and we sincerely thank him for his valuable time.
Thank you.


At Thursday, November 10, 2005 1:27:00 AM, Blogger Delirious said...

I hope Fouad doesn't read this! :P

At Thursday, November 10, 2005 3:14:00 AM, Blogger Fouad said...

I just did Del. But this time I will keep my calm :)

Problems with this petition as far I can tell (and please, understand that I am trying to be objective and that the points I am raising have nothing to do with my personal opinion regarding Judge Mehlis and what he's done for our cause)

1. The title is presomptuous. It should be, with all due respect, "Lebanese people who trust Detlev Mehlis". None of us can speak for the Lebanese people, regardless of how confident we are that most Lebanese would agree on this point. The number of signatures will speak for itself. Imagine if 200, 1000 or even 5000 people sign this petition, is that truly representative of "the Lebanese people"? Wouldn't it look a little meek, to say the least?

2. Who are the people signing it? with first names only and phrases like "go Mehlis go", it has as much credibility as the unspeakable aljazeera poll.

3. Who is it ultimatley going to? Who will read it? The UN and the international community? I don't think those people are putting too much weight on what the arab media have to say about Mehlis and his credibility and on his approval rates according to aljazeera polls.
Who else. The Media themselves? Our politicians? The people who'd give up an arm and their dignity to keep their lives and what they have (money, power..) out of harm's way? I'm guessing no. Am I missing something? Enlighten me please.

4. On a lighter note, I love how the top of the page is decorated by "lebanese homemade food" and "muslim singles" google ads. Defend your cause and find your soul mate. Package deal :)

I honestly don't think that Mehlis' credibility and professionalism will be tarnished by our desolate media's attacks, at least not in the eyes of people that matter.

The real question is why do I let myself steer away from my little haven of peace into the mires of politics? I honestly don't know.

Alright everyone. I'm ready. Stone away.

At Thursday, November 10, 2005 9:16:00 AM, Blogger Delirious said...

Couldn't have said it any better!
go Fouad go! ;)

At Thursday, November 10, 2005 12:38:00 PM, Blogger Mustapha said...

Well Fouad,

Although many of the points you make are good ones, a lot of Lebanese people just want a channel to vent their frustration at the mounting campaigns here and there to act as if we Lebanese are being somehow fooled by the international community.

When an Egyptian friend of mine made fun yesterday of how the Lebanese in France are blaming the Paris Riots on the Syrians (between the lines: you just want to blame the syrians for anything that happens and you're so stupid), I immediatly checked to see how many signatories the petition gathered.

The Numbers are little so far, but at least we got the chance at least to voice our dismay.

i didn't see any fouads on the signatories list. Yalla...

At Thursday, November 10, 2005 11:47:00 PM, Blogger Raja said...

hey guys,

can you please change the URL link of Lebanese Bloggers.

It is http://lebanesebloggers.blogspot.com

The difference is that I added an "s" at the end of blogger.


At Friday, November 11, 2005 1:31:00 AM, Blogger Eve said...

yeah, we've all noticed the weird ryan guy at the no-"s"-lebaneseblogger :S

At Friday, November 11, 2005 9:42:00 AM, Blogger Maldoror said...

Dear Mustapha,
Thanks for bringing back memories of grade 4, I really missed it :)
As for u calling us stupid, well, as far as I am concerned, I don't think u have the right to do that sorry, because I also blame the Syrians for taking away my father, but that is another issue!
And by the way, that "stupid" word you used, doesn't it remind you of those lame media attacks on Mehlis you are so much against?!
I think we should rather sign a petition against your choice of words! Let us start with that, shall we? :)

At Friday, November 11, 2005 9:47:00 PM, Blogger Delirious said...

Tais-toi Maldo... T'as tout compris de travers!

At Saturday, November 12, 2005 8:22:00 AM, Blogger Abu Takla said...

Maldoror, you totally misunderstood the guy, he is NOT calling anyone stupid. Re-read the comment dude.

P.S: Del, Ahlaaaaaaaaaa :P
maybe u clarified that in french, but I'm ignorant on that level (french language that is)

At Saturday, November 12, 2005 10:27:00 AM, Blogger Delirious said...

AT, I just told him what you said, but in French!

And hey, stop using my words :P

At Sunday, November 13, 2005 6:49:00 AM, Blogger Maldoror said...

Maybe. Anyway, he deserved it. His sentence wasn't clear :) Cheers Mous!

At Sunday, November 13, 2005 3:01:00 PM, Blogger Tempest said...

Mehlis is a zionist tool, we all know that. He came in with his conclusions made, and just tried to prove what he already believed to be true.

I don't sign petitions, it's against my religion.... and useless.


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