A cabinet of national unity is needed to face the challenges facing Lebanon, a cabinet that includes all parties from outside and inside Parliament.
If the country is in danger and facing major threat, then we have to have a government of all parties...
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Nasrallah's Coup d' Etat
I was hoping not to post an entry today. I wanted Santa Claus to cheer up everyone who visited the site.
Habbit, unfortunately, took me to the Daily Star website, where I read an article entitled, Nasrallah calls for new government representing all political parties. The article quoted Nasrallah telling his interviewer on al Manar the following:
Nasrallah's intentions are clear. He wants to show Lebanese that his position regarding Lebanon's posture in regional and international relations is not merely a Hizballah or a Shi'a one. He wants to prove that his message resonates across all sects, and needs government spokesmen from those sects to deliver the message. Nasrallah is probably sick of hearing headlines that state "Shi'a ministers withdraw from cabinet." He would rather read the following: "March 8 bloc" withdraws from cabinet session. Of course, the March 8 bloc will include those stooges previously propped up by Damascus, such as Arslan, Sleiman Franjieh, Karami, etc....
Such an audacious political maneuver by Hizballah can be justified by the oft-repeated claim that the 2000 electoral law was not really democratic. Critics of the current parliament have continuously said that it is not really representative of the Lebanese public because of the electoral law that helped bring it to power. It now appears that Hizballah will use that argument to publicly push its case for including political parties that were not popularly elected.
This latest political move by Hizballah truly is audacious. Back during the elections, I asserted that although they were unfair, the elections at least removed Syria's "zulum" from parliament. Between 70 to 80 parliamentarians were expelled from that institution, a fact that turned it into the only political entity in the country where Syria's direct control was effectively and decisively expelled. Today, by calling for a "national unity" cabinet that overlooks parliament, Nasrallah is invalidating it. Nasrallah is effectively saying that the parliament is a useless institution (on a side note, I wonder how Berri feels about this).
In this new arrangement, Nasrallah decides who should be in the cabinet. He will partially stuff the cabinet, as other dictators do in countries that advertise their quasi democracies. Nasrallah is indirectly declaring himself as the dictator of Lebanon, who has the right to appoint cabinet ministers and nullify the parliament. He cannot accept his status as a minority among minorities. He needs to be the majority! He has gotten used to it!
I expected better from that man. I truly did! He cannot be allowed to destroy the Lebanese democratic system - no matter how imperfect it is. I am afraid that the prediction I made in my post a couple of days ago regarding Hizballah's inability to play by the rules of the game have been manifested. I hope events in the coming days prove me wrong.