25 June 2009

* The 14th's Mask has Fallen

"Our real enemies are the people who make us feel so good that we are slowly, but inexorably, pulled down into the quicksand of smugness and self-satisfaction": Sydney Harris

Ahead of the elections, Hariri and the rest of 14th group cheered for nothing but Hezbollah arms and the opposing tier in the parliament, plus the position of the parliament head Nabih Berri who closed the parliament for good all the time when Down Town was shutdown with tents and protests...

We heared of huge amounts of money flooding to support  Hariri campaign, amounts $715Mil, $750Mil, and lately $1Bln. It toolk this much money to shut the mouth and stomach of the lebanese people.

But will this be maintained? or Saad has to repeat what his father did? and that his to keep his hands in the mouth of all politicians as he did with Jumblat, Berri and all the remaining small players... who are tycoons today of corruption and abuse?

The mask has fallen... immediately and just after the elections Hariri stripped in front of everyone not minding his allies, not minding his supporters who kept arguing with their friends and compatriots "We don't want Hezbollah... we don't want Iran.... we want Berri out of the parliament... we don't want syira.... we..we..we.. etc....."

-Suddenly and boldly, Nasrallah will be the one who dictates the ministirial memorandum stating whatever he wants in it!

-Berri is again head of parliament..."hurray.."

-Relations with Syria  are restored! For sure after President Obama has decided to send a U.S. ambassador back to Syria, a dramatic sign of reconciliation between the two countries... The announcement is expected to be made this week... So Hariri will follow... this is the price of Prime Minister.

-.. So no more acusations at Syria for the Hariri killing..... the Supreme Court had acquited the four generals and no more clues left..... it will die off unless some evidence from space will appear.... a real evidence, not th elike the ones that were created and bought through!

Who was the smartest? ..... Jumblat!
He was the first to turn over against Hariri 14th group and supported the Mukawma..... everyone laughed and cursed him.......... still after elections, Jumblat met with leader Nasrallah! which gave a stoke to everyone.

How many deputies has Jumbalat in the parliament???? would that give Aoun the majority later???

Anyway, soon Hariri will have to knock his head down and do the same.... no other clues in the sky are showing the opposite.

Yeh indeed, the Sky-is-Blue "sama zar2a" as cheered by the 14th supporters.... The sky is so blue that supporters are still looking at it, while Hariri is redoing his new plan, contradicting all his beleives and promises.


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