Despite the warmth in this picture ahead of today's "so-called" last national dialogue meeting, the consensus was not to agree on the Presidency issue, which really means that Aoun has lost this round, and his choice of being an observer in today's meeting did not help him in the Presidential bid.
Moreover, despite Aoun's incessant threats this past week to halt the dialogue meetings as of today, claiming that the government has declared war on Syria, the "February 14" bloc emerged as victorious in keeping the meetings ongoing, as noted by PM Seniora and Information Minister Hamadeh yesterday. Jumblatt has also returned from an official trip to Kuwait, armed with an Arab consensus urging the Lebanese to continue the hiwar and to support the decisions ensuing from these meetings.
The next meeting is scheduled for June 8, and will focus on Hizbullah's arms and Lebanon's strategic defense policy.
On another tangent, it was interesting to note that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Bureau of International Organizations, Kristen Silverberg, mentioned during her meetings with government officials and representatives from the February 14 bloc yesterday, that the government is debating a substantial portion of Aoun's "Orange" book (or the FPM's agenda), released last year during the Parliamentary elections. This statement challenges the essence of Aoun's latest political stands, let alone the last trip on the streets to bring down the government and support the economic rights of the "commoners" (al-shaab).
"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."