Monday, May 11, 2009

No common link... but a common thread

Once more the elections managed to produce a mixed bag of all and nothings... First the continuation of the Marada campaign - which dazzles as much as its first part - "the act is over and now is the time for the true acting" says the headline, but it also says (the visual being the curtains of a theatre) "the charade is over and now is the time for the real representation." A true knocker. Moving on to the ubiquitous candidate Ahmad Yassine - a character who claims "poet" as his profession - with a simple poster that says "the candidate is the manifesto"... Louder than words, really! The Lebanese Forces are back for an episode three after two earlier fiascos, only this time, they retaliate to Hizbullah and the FPM in the same stone as they qualify themselves as "the second independence" with the Lebanese flag on top, only to accused "the third republic" now being professed by the FPM (As reviewed earlier in this blog) as being nothing but a masquarade of the Lebanese flag being dipped in Hizbullah sauce (Hence the yellow color). You might also be happy to know that Dr. Cheikh Abdul Nasser Jibri is running for a seat in Beirut - a mullah directly in the parliament has not happened before - but then, this being Beirut all is possible, particularly when you ally yourself to the most "moderate" of all Sunnis - the Leader of the Future Movement. The Hardees ad, eventhough stomach turning and totally out of tune as described in an earlier entry, was just tossed in as incriminating evidence more than anything else. A new campaign - if it's just a teaser or a full one I know not - is now running and using the national anthem's "we are all for the nation" (Kulluna lil watan) but rewords it into "we are all for which kind of nation?" (Kulluna li ayyi watan) has grabbed my attention. Who is behind it is unclear, but I see the layout being a direct cousin of the March 14 movement (In terms of typo, colors and signature)... So we ought to follow the money and see who booked the unipoles I guess). Last but not least, a teaser which made its way to the Byblos area which goes "proportionality has to be the opinion of the majority...." in a country which prides itself into something called "concensus-based democracy" (Which basically means any decision has to have the approval of all political and religious fragements - which does not make it a democracy at all) such a statement suddenly means that a majority rules... Good luck for them implementing it.
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