Nothing but the truth. Even if against me.
STOP DONALD DUMB:
DO NOT BUY AMERICAN
So I owe you an apology. I assumed you were a SSNP from your hatred of Bachir but instead I see that you are frustrated Lebanese Nationalist. I salute you and your blog. To be fair I would ask you to examine Bachir a little closer and understand he was an idealist in his early 30's. My problem with some of your writing is that I don't see you as a realist. For example, if Trump gets elected and Walid Phares is his advisor, then I think that is a good thing considering he could have a SNNP or Leftist Palestinian Apologist or even no one representing Lebanon or the middle east sort of like obama. In fact at least Mr. Phares believes in a Lebanon rather than some who are ok with Hezbollah and Syria still holding sway over Lebanon. Also I can assure you that Walid Phares is not a big fan of Saudi or Qatari power over Lebanon. So in fact having Walid Phares in the loop is probably a net gain for Lebanon over where it is right now. Now from your perspective which I can also see, you think that we need a Lebanese educated civil society advocate advising the next US President. I agree but that is like agreeing that we all love world peace and protecting the environment. To get someone better than Phares, we need to generate more of the types that you suggest. Unfortunately because of the Lebanese poitical arena, most activist of influence get killed or terrorized or just give up from apathy.In any event. I support your ideals and your thoughts.
If Bachir found no better way to unite the Maronite Militias than assassinate Frangieh and massacre the Ahrar, then he is either a thug, or the Maronites are exactly what I described them: Same barbaric unprincipled shit but under a different boss, or from a different mountain cesspool. Ideals are easy to declare; anyone who can read and write can do it. Every jackass politician in this country speaks grand. But the real competence of leaders and statesmen is how they go about making ideals reality. You mention realism, pragmatism, etc. They are always excuses to make deals and compromises that end up diluting whatever one is trying to achieve. Lebanon has known nothing but realism and pragmatism (kissing beards, kissing asses and feet, buying and selling itself to anyone, making backroom deals....) and look where it's landed us. From one disaster to another. And, my friend, you are just another Arab: You idolize your leaders, you elevate them to the status of gods.... Bachir has been friggin' dead for 34 years. Don't you think it is time to leave him in the history books and move on? Don't you think that Lebanon has thousands of much better people than Bachir and Walid Phares with their thuggish, warlord, ethnic cleansing years?As to your point that it is better to have someone, anyone, asshole or otherwise as long as he is a Christian Lebanese conservative with the intellect of a Neanderthal mountain cave dweller, than to have no other bad Arab or Muslim next to Trump, I already addressed this mercantile trader bazaar mindset, when I said that "superficial notoriety without any regard for the substance underneath" is what the Lebanese seek. You just proved my point. To have Phares next to Trump is great because you now can go around bragging that yet another one of those millions of Lebanese "geniuses" this country chases away all the time made it big time. It reflects the Lebanese inferiority complex vis-a-vis the West, whereby the Lebanese will drool over an Australian taxi driver or a French drunkard, while being condescending and racist and contemptuous of a Sri Lankan PhD in nuclear physics. We are merchants. We idolize what we can sell. We have no principles. Our morality is tied to the exchange rates of Western currencies. We are prostitutes. We are not real Christians. We do not practice any of the religion we claim to belong to. We sell our country every summer to wealthy Arabs so we can make a buck out of them. We educate our children knowing they have no future in this country, and knowing that we will send them to work in far away countries and send money back home so we can buy big cars, build faux palaces, and sit in dingy cafes and restaurants and show how well off we are.But thank you for your moral support.
I said nothing of the kind. All I said was that Phares is likely a net gain for Lebanon rather than have no one representing us or worse someone who supports Iran or Saudi or Syrian take over of Lebanon. Humans are all economic beings, they strive to replace what they have with something of higher value or greater utility to them. You replace an old toothbrush with a more advanced version that cleans better ? Why not look at having no one advising Obama on Lebanon to having a person who believes ( albeit not to your requisite standards) in a free independent Lebanon advising a potential president like Trump. I for one am happy anytime my interests are moved forward even one inch. You cannot argue that having no advice on Lebanon is better than Having some advice on the value of an independent Lebanon. Idealism works in blogs and universities and with anyone who hasn't spent 20 years in exile because their country is run by a islamic militia and goons like the ssnp are running around. Thanks anyhow for your passion. I agree with all what you say but I disagree with the strategy or rather the lack of it in this particular case. Why dont you offer up a better advisor and I will try to get him to Trump or bernie or Clinton with you :)
Now that Donald Dumb has proven to be the idiot, the crude, the racist, the crook, the ignorant asshole that he is... Do you still think that it is a great idea to have a Lebanese advising him or be associated with him? Given the fact that Phares is an inferior intellectual with a warlordish past that the Lebanese are willing to brag about because he is "the best we can get", and because of Phares's own ignorance and antiquated political ideas, I am changing my mind. Yes, I now think that Phares and Trump are made for each other. Their level of operation is deep in the cesspool of humanity and steeped in backward racism and idiocy and ignorance. The fact that he is advising a neanderthal like Trump actually exposes Phares's own vulgar sectarian racist political posturing. Perhaps the Lebanese, who are telling us in the ongoing municipal elections that they are awakening and will no longer accept the backward governance that Phares advocates, will now understand and stop drooling like you over the fact that a Lebanese hillbilly is associated with the American neanderthal that Trump is. H. Atheos
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