Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Are we being left to hang?

Not if prominent American newspapers formulated American foreign policy! Today, three of America's most prominent national news papers, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times ran editorials that condemned the Security Council's resolution concerning Mehlis' investigation into Hariri's murder.
The New York Times' first paragraph read:

Syria is getting away with murder in Lebanon, and the United Nations Security Council is letting it happen. The resolution the Council passed last Thursday might have been minimally adequate if something less were at stake than the sovereignty of a United Nations member country and the lives of some of its best and most courageous people.

The Los Angeles Times advised:

Despite the intransigence, the Security Council declined to impose sanctions on Damascus, instead settling Thursday for extending the investigation for six months. Secretary-General Kofi Annan needs to ensure that whoever leads the probe is as tough-minded and competent as Mehlis, who agreed at the start of his work to serve only until the end of this year. If Assad keeps stonewalling the United Nations, the world body needs to impose sanctions. Political assassinations must be punished, not just decried.

And The Washington Post stipulated the following:

SADDAM HUSSEIN'S challenge to international security was exceptional in part because of his flagrant defiance of resolutions by the United Nations Security Council and his equally crude actions to obstruct the work of U.N. inspectors. Now another Arab Baathist dictator, Bashar Assad, has adopted the same tactics. Not only has Mr. Assad sought to obstruct a U.N. investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, but his agents in Lebanon are continuing to murder Syria's Lebanese critics.

Wow! Three editorials published on the same day from news papers that have been relatively hostile to the Bush Administration's foreign policy! Could this mean good tidings for Lebanon? I definitely hope so! For, considering the watered down resolution that the Security Council passed, we definitely need good tidings!
Prime Minister Seniora and his allies were embarrassed by the Council's decision not to expand the investigation particularly because their decision to ask for the expansion almost led to a collapse of the government. Furthermore, the resolution did not even call for any punitive actions against the suspects that Mehlis interrogated in Vienna - nevermind members of the regime (despite Mehlis' declared belief that Syria was behind Hariri's assassination and all the assassinations that followed).
At this point in time, I wish the editors of these prominent papers formulated American foreign policy! We need some form of justice in Lebanon. We cannot return to Syria's yoke. Syria cannot just get away with the crimes it has committed.


Anonymous said...


You like quality .

Anonymous said...

I do not understand why the US/France didn't present a tougher resolution. The hell with unanimity vote. Russia and China won't veto a tougher resolution. They'll just abstain from voting ig. In general, permanent members only veto resolutions that are a direct threat to their national interests. It's not the case here.

Hassan said...

Considering how much praise the resolution got here in Lebanon and how some persons of the majority coalition tried to frame it as a great thing or a preamble to “our demands”, I think I wish the editors of these prominent papers formulated some Lebanese internal politics!

Anonymous said...

Ah, this is refreshing...

Keep it up

Raja said...

hassan, you are night. but are we not all putting a brave face to an apparent set back?

Mehlis was extended. So in a aense, that was a victory. However, we asked for more and got nothing.

JoseyWales said...


What quality? Idiots get things right once in a blue moon.

As to the UN there is a big problem.

Same as Darfur, or Bosnia or Rwanda in the past: mayhem and destruction is happening in real time.

People count their dead and in days, while the UN count their frigging resolutions and in decades.

Screw Russia: the Leb gvmnt should make noises, and the Orthodox Church in Leb should be using whatever clout it has with the Russian church to lobby Putin(publicly). (Maybe they're already doing it, but I doubt it)

Ghassan said...

The U.S. papers are making noise, we need to make noise too and let everyone know that we demand freedom!

Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

Josey, you don't like the Washington Post?

Doha said...

At the end of the day, we really need to stand for ourselves. We need to push for our demands. No one else will do it for us.

If we're really smart, the Lebanese Americans living in the States should push their representatives in Congress, the Administration, and think tanks to keep Lebanon's demand on the policy agenda. the same goes for those living in France, Brazil, UK, and other countries.

JoseyWales said...

Not really Vox,

Though I grant you they are a tad better than NYT and LAT, which isn't very hard to be.

Speaking of NYT, their recent reports by this new guy Slackman have sucked. (I think Efendi is on the case).