26.9.06

Politics as usual...


And we are back to demonstration and counter demonstration. However this time it is a bit different…

The Lebanese flag, solely present in the massive demonstration that followed the assassination of PM Rafik Hariri in March 2005, is missing. Both recent demonstrations (Hezbollah victory parade and the Martyr’s Mass of the Lebanese forces) have been colored in yellow for the first one and in white with a smidge of green for the second…
What a shame, for that sea of red-white-green of thousands upon thousands Lebanese flag flowing in the wind, was a balm for sore eyes.

Second, the war of numbers that raged between the two political factions behind the two massive demonstrations of last year is absent. Maybe because no major surprises occurred, Hezbollah’s popular support is still the same or slightly changed, ditto for the Lebanese forces’. However, the orange party (Aoun’s supporters) failed to show up in large numbers in Hezbollah’s “victory” parade, strange…

Third, the tones were higher than last year and mostly aimed at the opposing internal parties. But still nothing out of the ordinary, except Nassrallah’s demand of an apology from Joumblatt…

Conclusions, nothing new under the sun, a time for fiery statements and a time for shady deals, politics as usual in Lebanon…

Peace


8 Comments:

At Tuesday, September 26, 2006 5:22:00 PM, Blogger hillz said...

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At Tuesday, September 26, 2006 5:25:00 PM, Blogger hillz said...

I still tend to believe that 14 march demonstration was a coalition of sects and parties covered by propagandic lebanese flag directed towards outside.

If you notice the rebillion had 2 names: "independence rebillion" (inside) and the "cedar's revolution" (outside- phrase used by american administration).
March 14 presenting themselves as the representatives of lebanese people failed in attracting the other part. One of the reasons is just being cool with what the american media spreaded (cedar's revolution) and sticking only to tensed declarations which solved othing neither inside nor outside.

about the lebanese flag: I don't like the act of show. if something is right, no need to talk about it and show it repeatedly.

now if we assumed that there is a decrease of popularity of Aoun (an issue which I keep my opinion about till near future events) then this is another reason to well represent the ouwet in the government ;)

a last note, this is not the lebanon I dream of, but sometimes we have to be realistic and talk about politics on ground.

 
At Tuesday, September 26, 2006 9:33:00 PM, Blogger jij said...

hey bob i voted for you on that 'who is your favorite lebanese blogger' survey.

 
At Wednesday, September 27, 2006 12:51:00 PM, Blogger hashem said...

Bob- I agree with you that it's sad what we witness....very sad.

Hilal- The March 14th demonstrations was a collection of different groups that had their paths intersect at that specific time....
Bass we have to acknowledge that alot of people that day were genuinely there for calling for a real independent Lebanon....away from the politicians agenda that later prevailed.
Same thing in March 8th where alot were protesting any forign interference....but again political tactics and agenda prevailed as well.
Where are we going? How is it going to unfold....that's the big question.
I just hope and pray for the best of our beloved country.

 
At Wednesday, September 27, 2006 1:12:00 PM, Blogger BOB said...

Jij

:o I am so surprised...
so thanks...
:O

Hilal

Well i disagree with you, as usual!
Saying that "that 14 march demonstration was a coalition of sects and parties covered by propagandic Lebanese flag directed towards outside." really belittle that unique day in the history of Lebanon when a majority of Lebanese united under the Lebanese flag, and one goal and worked for it and achieved it!!!

Now you want to belittle that go ahead, but in Lebanon history unity was rarely achieved and i believe that 14th of March was the day a new Lebanon started. free of Syrian rule and free to start a new chapter. Alas on that day we "the people" not the leaders, stopped short from a full revolution. We should have toppled all of the leaders, with no exception and started a new...

This is what March the 14th means to me, and to all who were there...

Peace

 
At Wednesday, September 27, 2006 1:53:00 PM, Blogger hillz said...

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At Wednesday, September 27, 2006 1:57:00 PM, Blogger hillz said...

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At Wednesday, September 27, 2006 5:53:00 PM, Blogger hillz said...

Bob,
of course we disagree with each other ;)
let's keep people aside.
I was talking about politicians' intentions and how they diverted it.
you know that during march 14 there were huge efforts to just keep the lebanese flag only. It didn't come like a voluntarily thing from participants. same in 8 march. Both are lebanese.
- Don't u see that 8 march demonstration led in some how (secs vs. sects)to 14 march demonstration?
- please tell me what did we achieve? (except putting syrians outside).
- where is the dream/lebanon?
- A hypothical question: will people go to another march 14 demonstrsation these days if march 14 politicians called for it?

Ps. ana ma jebet hal 7akeh min 3andeh. march 14 leaders said that there was intersection of benefits with the american administration at that time and they used that.
no objection.
what i object about is keep bending to american declarations as if inno to7seel 7asel w heik heik henneh ma3roofeen.
sheyif essafir el2americeh wel faranseh keef seir7een mer7een?

In the last two days there were 3 gatherings for three march 14 leaders. each one was talking to his sect. ja3ja3, jombla6, sa3ed.
- Is this march 14? 3 seperate gatherings ta yreddo 3a nasrallah?

the thing is that 8 march (with all my disagreements with many of its parties) didn't ever state the fact that they are the good angles/guys. what's so disturbing is when you hear some march leaders accusing others of things they have been doing for 15 years. no. for more than that.

 

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