Sunday, May 25, 2008

Mabrouk lal 3imad Slibnen. Asdi Sleimen. La Libnen.

Compared to the fiery, bombastic, retrospectively worthless speech that tripped over our infamous half-tongued, half-brained, half-principled, former half-president's tongue, what I heard from Michel Sleimen was an almost refreshingly down to earth spiel about a highly complex forthcoming mandate.

But as far as I'm concerned, and until words materialize into an altered political reality, a spiel is all it is and all it will be. This "consensus" president, the choosing of whom is a slap in the face of all democratic and constitutional principles, has a largely titular authority. All he can do is obstruct the issuing of decrees, for a mere fifteen days, and then watch them as they gracefully return to the Cabinet to get issued with or without the President's generous approval.

So, in all optimism, the recent resolution is two stitches on a wound over an abscess, and General Sleimen, well-suited and good-intentioned as he may be, is incapable of occasioning any significant change. He may be an arbiter, but a ruler is not what he is allowed, or likely to become.

Brings back Raymond Edde's words in the years following Taef, when asked in an interview whether he would want to be president. "No thank you" he retorted, "I do not want to be an office clerk".


Blogger Delirious said...

My favorite part were the congratulations at his house since morning... many hours before his election.
Inno bisharafak, wein bitseer hayde? :D
Oh yes, and the international panel of foreign ministers allll here to witness the miraculous election. Hayeteeeeee shu bi7ibbo Libnein.

11:20 AM  
Blogger gitanes legeres said...

good.. didnt turn out as i thought.. it is not the end yet..

2:21 PM  
Blogger Khawwta said...

you are back? chou sayir bel dené.. kiffak ya fouad, eh walla chta2na ;)

11:36 PM  
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6:45 AM  
Blogger Khawwta said...

Joyeux Noel Fouad

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where has all the art gone? past posts are beautiful- please post again

11:50 AM  

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