Friday, December 02, 2005
Naharnet must apologize to its readers
Shiites Seemingly Fighting a Lost Cause for Syria in Lebanon
Ok, I know plenty of Shias who are against Hizbullah's and Amal's pathetic stance. Although we seldom hear their voices, it is a gross exaggeration to claim the "desperate" Shia community is seeking to get Assad off the hook. Whether this is a case of bad writing or not, it's utterly disgraceful and unethical to publish those words. It's lousy journalism. They are misrepresenting an entire sect. It's against the spirit of Lebanon which they claim to defend.
A showdown seems inevitable between the Shiite community and the rest of Lebanon over how to try ex-Premier Rafik Hariri's assassins. The five Shiite cabinet ministers in Premier Saniora's government have openly threatened to resign if the Premier insists on pushing for an international tribunal to try Hariri's suspected killers.…
Spokesman for Saad Hariri's Future Tide bloc, which is the single biggest in parliament and which represents the overwhelming majority of the Sunni Muslim sect, have made it plain their leader would never budge an inch in seeking to bring his father's assassins to justice before an international court. Lebanese Forces executive chief Samir Geagea also supports an international tribunal as well as the Qornet Shahwan coalition of center right Christian politicians.
General Aoun said in a newspaper interview published Friday that he prefers a mixed Lebanese-international tribunal to handle the trial of Hariri's assassins outside Lebanon.
All this goes to show that desperation of the Shiite community in seeking to get President Assad off Hariri's assassination hook represents a very small minority population-wise and parliament-wise.
Naharnet must retract this article and issue an apology and clarification as soon as possible. This is totally unacceptable. Shame.
The identification of the entire sect with HA is precisely what HA wishes to project, which is why it sought the 2000 law and has actively silenced opposing voices. For Naharnet to concede the entire community to them, nevermind the contempt involved, is quite idiotic.
Keep up the great work.
The Hariri courtier/Samsâr gangsta family is the Saudi conduit of choice for channeling into Lebanon racist Wahhâbi propaganda stigmatizing "evil Mushreqeen" be they "dirty Nasârah" such as Gen. Aoun or "satanic Mataweelah" like Hizbullah...
You might want to file a complaint with the Beiruti Emile Zolas of our time a.k.a. “Al Sahafiyyeen Al-Ahhrâr” such as Saudi-sponsored clowns like Gebran Tueyni or May Shidiac!
Since I don't know who is the right person to write to, here are some from Annahar:
Ghassan Tueni: email@example.com
Gebrah Tueni: firstname.lastname@example.org
This incitement isn't only shameful, but completely irresponsible and dangerous. They've done this before, and I hope they soon learn not to.
I’m certainly no fan of HA and its phalanx of gullible Persian parrots, BUT I think you’re actually 100% dead-wrong about the 2Q 05 elections…
If it weren’t for the shameless 2000 electoral law cooked in the dirty political kitchens of Riyadh and Damascus by Gerrymander gourmet-in-chief sheikh Rafeeq Al-Hariri, HA and Christians (read Gen. Aoun) would have gotten substantially larger slices of the Parliamentary pie
What makes it even more abhorrent is that Mr Tueni ,the owner and editor of al Nahar, is a prominent Lebanese politician.
What we find offensive is only good business for these guys. It may not play well in the southern suburbs of Beirut but it plays and pays well in Riyadh and some areas of Lebanon.
Journalism for Mr Tueni is a means for financial and political gains. The Truth be damned.
Newspapers in Lebanon have very low circulations and advertising revenue. Almost everyone of them is subsidized by someone. In reality there is little freedom in our press.
As for our infamous electoral law of 2000, it will be with us for sometime. Most of the present parliamentarians were elected by that law and it would be unlikely that a majority would vote to change it. The whole electoral system needs to be reformed.
Some groups are over-represented, a new census is needed , people need to vote in their place of residence, Lebanese citizenship has to redefined and the right of expatriates to vote has to be considered.
This is a recipe for conflict and gridlock so we will have this present election law for a long time. HA is not its only beneficiary.
Shalafak lazeez inte.
Of course I am outraged if anyone insinuates that all Christians are Israel's "fifth column or that all Shias are HA.
You, however, have earned that distinction by parroting the neocon lies and avoiding "on principle" any discussion or criticism of your Israeli mentors.
Anton the Basher needs to grow up.
In the future , stick to English so that non Arabic speakers can see how foul, childish and foolish you are.
Comrade Antonov as they call him in the Pharisaic Trotskyite circles of TeX-Aviv is credited for putting the “Con” back into Neocon, and a major-league con for that matter, what Gallic thespians call “le grand con”
You're so childish. I neither know you nor know issam, but from your arabic post (or is it pheonician?!) I can tell: you'd better stick to