Wednesday, May 31, 2006
The Disease of Double Standards
Let's see who did not vote for the bill condemning the Syrian arrest warrants towards Lebanese parliamentarians... because in Lebanon we have the right to freedom of speech and Lebanese parliamentarians have immunity against prosecution during their term serving in the Parliament.
Hmmm...we see MP Raad and MP Fadlallah of Hizbullah of course not raising their hands. Who else? Does it look like MP Hashem and MP Nabil Nicolas from Aoun's bloc have their hands down on this vote?
This is what I call transparency, a la Lebanon. Here in the U.S., you can easily track the "nays" and "yays" of members of Congress (unless they decide to run a vote without a roll call) and cross-match their promises with the way they vote on issues. In Lebanon, you need a newspaper and a magnifying glass to check how MPs voted on a certain bill.
Anyways, what strikes me the most is how Berri's bloc and Hizbullah's bloc abstained from voting on this important bill. Several questions come to mind: You are benefitting so much from your entitlement of free speech (and even freedom of deciding to launch rocket attacks), why are you indirectly denying others of this right? Would you like and accept to be summoned by the U.S. authorities to face trial in their courts for bashing them and then expect your fellow parliamentarians to turn a blind eye? How can we believe that you share with other Lebanese the importance of our country's sovereignty, when outright, and in front of the journalists' cameras, you abstain from voting for a fundamental issue that matters deeply to our sovereignty as people, and rush to appease the Syrian regime?...
Talk about double standards all the way. This is what Lebanon ails from. You see it happening everywhere, everywhere you go and turn. It's a disease!
"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."