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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Protecting the devil's pillar

Over 2 million Muslims stoned a big pillar symbolizing Satan today, after praying for mercy and forgiveness yesterday at the scene of the Prophet's last sermon.

The pillar, known as Jamarat al-Aqabah, has stood firm despite millions of pebbles hurled against it over the years. The pillar is ironically better maintained than many other Islamic sites in the holy city, which are being destroyed by the Wahabis in charge.

Maintaining the devil's symbol for the sake of a yearly stoning ritual seems to be consistent with the Kingdom's policy towards Bashar Assad: stone the devil left and right but keep him in good shape to withstand the pressure. And yeah, to preserve "stability" in the region.

For the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques had this to say after meeting a desperate Bashar on Sunday:

A joint Saudi-Syrian statement issued after the summit in the Red Sea city of Jeddah said Abdullah "asserted the need to consolidate and strengthen Syrian-Lebanese relations."

Lebanese-Syrian relations should be improved "in all sectors in order to protect the interests of the two brotherly countries and the security of the region," said the statement read on Saudi state television.

Taking this at face value, it is quite insulting to hear a joint Saudi-Syrian statement on "Syrian-Lebanese relations" in the absence of Lebanon. It is also amazing that Abdullah is suggesting a new penal code: Punish murder by improving relations between killers and their dying victims. Saudi Arabia will no longer be beheading murder convicts!

And then there was this from a Saudi official who singled out the "voices in Lebanon calling for regime change":

In Riyadh, a Saudi official on Sunday slammed the war or words between Lebanon and Syria, "particularly the voices in Lebanon which have called for regime change in Syria". "Regime change in Syria is not required. Even the United States and France do not call for regime change in Syria ... the aim is to find the assassins of Rafik Hariri and bring them to justice," he said.
The details of the Saudi-Egyptian efforts are still sketchy, but it is becoming apparent that the Saudis and the Egyptians are trying to invent a formula for full Syrian cooperation with the UNIIIC, end to Syrian terrorism and interference in Lebanon, demarcation of the Lebanese-Syrian border, disarming the pro-Syrian Palestinian factions—all that without bringing about regime change.

Can the devil really change his ways? Can Satan renounce Satanism? Metaphors aside, can Bashar cooperate fully without putting himself in jail?

Jumblatt has given up on him. And with Khaddam testifying that he is fully convinced Bashar ordered Hariri's murder, I don't see what Saudi Arabia and Egypt can do for the butcher-in-training.

It is no longer a question of whether a regime change is required or not. Regime change is inevitable. And all this talk of mediation is hollow and lacks genuineness. What can the custodian of Mecca and the devil's pillar do to prevent the self-inflicted collapse of the criminal?

Even Bashar knows that he is in purgatory and that sooner or later, he will have to negotiate a safe passage to… hell. No amount of begging for "Arab support" can help him find the road to paradise. After all, he has already handed over some of his responsibilities to his step-brother in satanism, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

See what happens when you put your faith in murderers and hope for "a change in behavior?" Perhaps now the Saudis and the Egyptians can convince al-Qaeda to renounce terrorism.

Comments:
Right on Kais.

When was the last time the Saudis got anything right?

Lebanon needs to go into quarantine for about 5 years; no dealing with arab regimes, brothers, arab league, PLO, etc..

Until we figure out how to deal with all that. The stupidity of the ambient culture has been devastating, less so for the oil arabs cuz they can afford and cushion their mistakes, not we.

Nothing good has come out of any creepy arab regime, past and present.

Hosni, Abdullah, Jibreel, Assad back off all of you. And Lahoud and Saniora and Berri, my coutry's mediocre captains: YOO HOO, WHERE ARE YOU?
 
The fear from the impending instability must be the most commonly used rationale by non democratically elected rulers for maintaining the status quo.Authoritarians and dictatorships are always threatening that they are needed because without them chaos will reign.

History has shown the above to be a slef serving argument. Actually the fear of instability confuses the uncerainty of an outcome under a democracy with the siffling , stagnating , exploitative and abusive conditions under tyranny and dictatorship. Whether it is Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Tunisia etc , they all fear the wrath of free liberated citizens and thus WILL NEVER encourage and nurture a free and democratic regime for the fear that such a state would highlight their repressio, inefficiencies and utter contempt for human dignity.

Lebanon, is situated in a rough neighbourhood and needs to get along with its neighbours in the region but NEVER at the expense of elemental rights. We have to become collectively "the captain of [our]ship and the master of [our] soul" i.e trading Syrian hegemony for Saudi one is not my idea of independence.

BTW Kais, I loved your reference to purgatory as a means to getting to hell.It has been decades since I have read the Inferno or reviewed the Cathlic doctrine about what happens after death, but I believe that for some their sins on earth are so egregious that no amount of time at the purgatory will ever cleanse them. lol.
 
Guys, guys, I think you're reading way too much into the Saudi tactics. Remember, they're (along with the French) the ones who pushed him into this corner. You have to read this development in that context. It's classic Arab politics.
 
Tony, maybe its "classic Arab politics" that is responsible for placing the Arab world at the bottom of the heap in terms of every imaginable economic, social and developmental metric:-)
 
Oh sure, but that's not what I meant in this case. I meant something closer to giving someone the shaft while smiling, kissing, hugging, and "advising."
 
IF IT WASNT FOR SAUDI ARABIA (AND FRANCE TO A LESSER EXTENT) THE SYRIAN ARMY WOULD STILL BE IN LEBANON. IF IT WASNT FOR SAUDI ARABIA THE LEBANESE CIVIL WAR WOULD STILL BE RAGING ON. I'M NOT DENYING THAT THE TAEF ACCORD HAD ITS SLIGHT FLAWS BUT AT LEAST IT STOPPED THE BLOODSHED. IF IT WASNT FOR SAUDI ARABIA HARIRI WOULD STILL BE WORKING AS AN ACCOUNTANT IN A PETROL STATION IN SAIDA. ROADS, BRIDGES, HOTELS, HOMES, BUILDINGS, LOANS, CHARITABLE AID, TELEVISION STATIONS, ALL WITH SAUDI MONEY. NOT FORGETTING THE 1.2 MILLION KHALEEJI TOURISTS MOSTLY SAUDIS VISITING AND SPENDING MONEY IN LEBANON. EVEN WITH ALL THE BOMBS THIS YEAR AT LEAST 800 000 TOURISTS VISITED LEBANON. SAUDIS ARE NOT ASKING FOR A THANK YOU, JUST A LITTLE LESS RACISM TOWARDS THEM. AND STOP BEING SO SUSPICIOUS OF EVERYTHING THAT SAUDI ARABIA DOES. YOU GUYS ARE JUST READING WAY TOO MUCH INTO THINGS.

NOW YOU GUYS WILL RIP INTO ME. WELL GO AHEAD AND KNOCK YOURSELVES OUT. BUT ALL I SAID IS A FACT, I KNOW IT, AND DEEP INSIDE YOU GUYS KNOW IT TOO BUT YOU JUST DONT WANT TO ADMIT IT.

HRH KING AL RASHID.
 
EMARAT JABAL SHAMMAR, HRH KING AL RASHID, or whatever you call yourself,

Using caps is not going to make your argument any more convincing.
 
EMARAT JABAL SHAMMAR, HRH KING AL RASHID or whatever the hell your name is,

Just because Saudis come to Lebanon to spend their "hard-earned money" and leer at women they can't normally look at, drink liquor, and hog up downtown with their multiple wives, doesn't mean they are appreciated in Lebanon. The money is the ONLY bonus.

Get over yourself and get off your Saudi high-horse.

Oh wait, you know, I changed my mind: Saudi really should be appreciated in the Arab world. Especially when those nice religious police let little girls burn alive in schools. How admirable!

Aimei
 
IF IT WASNT FOR SAUDI ARABIA... maybe lebanon wouldnt be in debt for the rest of its existence because of your dirty dealings with "Rafik al HA AIRY"

the KSA is the most corrupt nation on earth. The purest land with the dirtiest people. Go play with your pet monkeys, you lizard eater. Get off of Amerikas jock. Fuck your king and the ibn sharmuta bn ladn
 
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