Thursday, February 02, 2006

Back From Inertia, The Ministers Return!

The Government is back from its inertia! The Hizbullah and Amal Ministers have declared their return to the Cabinet and by that ending a more than a month-long boycott of the weekly Cabinet meetings.

Time can only tell what was it that made the Shiite Ministers return; what the dialogue was all about and whether they have conceded or got their demands accepted....

But most importantly, they have returned; because Lebanon cannot be run without the Shiite community represented in Government, whatever their political backing is.

"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."


Anonymous said...

Good news, good news!

The fist good news in one week! Syria & HA's position has improved this week with the controversy of Danish cartoons, rumours of a deal and the election in Hamams.

frencheagle said...

i would say
lebanon back to inertia
again the lebanese government action will be blocked by the incapability of the prime minister to deal with the internation political issues that face lebanon and which have to be implemented
first of all the UN resolutions
the pro syrian parties and islamic have won

Anonymous said...

I wonder what concession Siniora made! This is bad news, as it will only lead to other problems!

Everytime Hezballah will disagree with the government they will hijack the political process!

Anonymous said...

I think dr. de la vega's dad was raped by a saudi or his mom used to work there as a maid and didn't get paid

Raja said...

i also worry about the compromises.

JoseyWales said...

Lebanese crappy politics:

We don't know why or what happened with the return.

French-Eagle is right: back to inertia. From obstruction to paralysis, and now back to obstructionism.

The gvmt has not yet appointed a judge in the Tueni murder investigation, because the other obstructionist, the piece of dog feces Lahoud, has a problem.

Bombs are put on army positions everyday.

The citizen feels safe, while Azour and others worry about fixing the economy (hint: no security, no economy).

And our idiot and barely critical economic organisms are getting ready for a good tourism season.

Yeah, people are lining up for visas to the Switzerland of the ME.

Anton Efendi said...

For more on this development, see the last two links in my Quick Links.

ghassan said...

This is not a positive development in the long run. Buying short term stability by sweeping the dirt under the carpet has never worked and I don't see why this time should be any different. If a people, country , institution or organisation does not have the courage to take a stand for what is right then in effect that body is settling for bandaids to stop a hemorage. These efforts always end up in disasterous outcomes.
The Syrian camp has scored another victory because neither the PM nor Hariri have the power courage or vision to recognise that certain combinations are incongrous by nature and must be recognised for what they are. I have said this many times before and I feel that it must be reiterated. HA cannot be a viable partner for the construction of the Lebanese project. As such bringing them into the cabinet was a mistake , appeasing them for two months was an error and giving in to their demands will prove very unproductive and even fatal to the aspirations of setting up a democratic , modern state.

I guess that I have officially given up hope that Lebanon will be able to live up to any of the expectations of the March 14 movement that can be safely considered as of today to have been a flash in the pan. It is unfortunate but it looks like mediocraty , obstructionism and illeberal ideas have made a strong comeback. I am not sure that they ever left.

AbdulKarim said...

Well guys, lets see the half part of the cup that is full. I think their return is crucial for the the Beirut I conference. It is also expected to trigger the Berri Initiative to start the dialogue. And only the next days will tell us about what compromises have been done.

ghassan said...

The logic of your post escapes me. Why is accomodating an armed group that insists on being a government within a government and whose allegiances are to foreign powers "crucialfor the Beirut I conference" I would respectfully argue exactly in the reverse. The presence of HA in the cabinet will probably contribute to either the failure or at best the limited success of Beirut I. We cannot have our cake and eat it too.

AbdulKarim said...

Ghassan, the logic is quite simple. Why would the doners agree to give money to a disfunctional government?

ghassan said...


I am astonished that you think that a disparate, incongrous government can be viewed as functional!!!! We can pretend that there are no problems in such a make up of the cabinet but make no mistake about it we are not fooling anyone but ourselves.

AbdulKarim said...


I have read from the newspapers, there was fear that Beirut I will fail due to the fact the government was disfunctioned by a boycott of of 5 of its ministers and doners can not give money to a government which is not able to convene.I used adjective "disfunctional" in that context. Now what I believe is that even if we got the donations, we won't achieve a result for the reasons you just mentioned above.

I hope you're astonished no more :)