Wednesday, November 29, 2006

It's Bleak

I'm in a hurry. But it doesn't look good anymore. After it appeared that yesterday there was a solution in sight proposed by Amin Gemayel in Berri's residence Ain El-Tineh, Hizbullah in the same day deemed the proposals as insufficient.

And today Berri, after recommending against demonstrating on the streets, has changed his mind and is meeting with the likes of Wiam Wahhab, among other pro-Syrian figures.

LBCI's assessment is that the Opposition will be demonstrating soon on the streets of Beirut....

There's almost a determination not to come to a compromise and not to let cooler heads prevail, despite the father of a slain son taking on a brave step as leaving his residence where he was receiving condolences and heading to Ain El-Tineh to propose a solution for the good of the country.

Berri seems like he's being pressured against taking a moderate position. So where does that take the Parliamentary session that will vote on the tribunal proposal?...

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

3 comments:

R said...

berri is hopeless. He is a predictable flip-flopper who will try to avoid confrontation for as long as possible and then side with the same people he always sides with... I gave up on him a loooong time ago...

Anonymous said...

Berri may be a flip-flopping weasel, but the solution to the crisis still depends on what he does. Personally I hope March 14 can withstand Hezbollah's threats and "civil disobedience" long enough to convince Berri that toppling the government is the wrong way to go.

Arnold Evans said...

What were the proposals?

I understand that Berri represents a constituency with nearly 50% of the population but about 20% of the votes in Parliament - meanwhile the political views he represents are much more popular today in Lebanon than they were when the elections were held.

In this situation, isn't he supposed to reject any proposal that leaves his constituents vastly underrepresented?

Also why the scare quotes around "civil disobedience"? Peaceful mass demonstrations, doing things like shutting down traffic are the definition of civil disobedience. These are similar to the tactics used by Gandhi.