Tayyar.org and Naharnet report that Aoun has now blamed parliament for the current impasse in Lebanese politics, and has recommended that new parliamentary elections be held as his most preferred solution.
I hate being hard on Aoun because too many people already are, but what the hell is the point of new elections? Is parliament an active institution today? Or has it been replaced by this parallel political institution we call Hiwar el Watani, which completely neutralizes majorities, minorities and all the other institutions and processes that parliaments offer?
I seriously doubt a third of Aoun is sitting on that table, half of Hariri, a third of Nasrallah, etc... The only thing that Parliament actually contributes to the Hiwar table is that it prevented idiots like Arslan and Franjieh from attending. And that's it.
So let us assume, for Pete's sake, that we hold parliamentary elections tomorrow. Aoun gets a larger share, Hizballah and Amal get a little more seats, and Jumblatt and Hariri get smaller shares. Will the "Hiwar" table look any different? I don’t think I need to answer that question.
The simple fact of the matter is that Parliament is irrelevant. The first political institution in the country that was effectively liberated from the grip of Damascus has been shut down. Syria, Hizballah and the rest of them have done their best to discredit it, and bypass it in the political process. That is the reason our dear Nabih Berri (of all people) decided to shut down the institution he heads and come up with these pathetic Hiwar sessions.
Aoun, my friend, I don't know why you've made this recent political declaration. A more friendly parliament will not get you anywhere.
So now I’m left with the question of Why? Why have you made these obviously ridiculous claims?