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Iran and Lebanon

Posted on: June 17, 2009

Elections’ Aftermath: Iran and Lebanon; (June 15, 2009)


            Iranian President Ahmadinajad won the election by a landslide; over 80% of the Iranians lined up to vote and Ahmadinajad got 64% of the vote. On June 8, I posted “Bi-weekly report (#25) and stated “Iran is having its Presidential election on June 12, 2009.  The candidates Ahmadinajad and Mossawi faced off in a television debate.  Moussawi suckered to the public opinion of the western nations’ demands: he is speaking as a foreign affairs minister and not a candidate to win the presidency.  The attitude of appeasing the western public opinions is considered very disgusting in Iran and not the characteristic of a candidate of vast Empire.”  The Iranian people didn’t vote for reforms, for bread, for appeasing the USA (Obama is already appeased), for their right to build nuclear power plant (they have them), or to own their nuclear arsenal (they could if they wish).  The people vote according to their perceived high dignity.  The Iranians have acquired strong sense of identity.  The Iranians sent the clear message that they are not going to cow to the threat of a tiny and puny State such as Israel. If the Israeli government planned that their threat during Election Day is going to turn the balance toward the more “moderate” candidate then it failed to comprehend the current spirit of the Iranians.


            Moving to the election in Lebanon you can feel the lack of dignity and weakness in identity.  Foreign interventions and the purchase of voters are preponderant; the laws controlling the election process are not meant to be applied except on the weaker candidates and their supporters. The opposition had a definite program for reforms and change of the political system; the opposition was to win the election by a slight majority; it did not.  Foreign projects of a tacit alliance among the USA, the EU, Syria, and Saudi Arabia dictated that a victory for the opposition is not in line for appeasement at “this junction”.

            Syria is going ahead for a “peace” deal with Israel supported by the US Administration and Saudi Arabia; Turkey is to resume its mediation.  The other hot “problems” such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian State would be negotiated after Syria is fully satisfied for the completer withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Golan Heights to the borders of 1967.  Barak Obama has Pakistan to worry about and the resurgence of virulent Taliban to tame and control its spreading activities.


            Thus, the Lebanese extremists Sunnis were denied representation in the Parliament.  A surprising influx of Lebanese immigrants of over 100,000 within a week destabilized all polling estimates.  Syria was allocated a major role to bring to power the government coalition in the district of Zahle.  The Maronite Patriarch was allowed to give a warning declaration on the eve of the election that defied election laws; the Patriarch proclaimed a pack of political lies that everyone in politics knew is false; his speech galvanized the ignorant and sectarian citizens to vote for the government coalition.

            Hezbollah knew that the opposition was not meant to win and it suited its interest at this phase of the struggle. The real “cosmic” battle was focused on defeating General Aoun and the coalition of the Tayyar.  The Tayyar won against all odds: it increased its bloc from 20 to 27 deputies and captured the two additional districts of Baabda and Jezzine.  The Tayyar defeated Patriarch Sfeir and the President of the Republic Michel Suleiman by a wide margin. Syria did not appreciate that Michel Aoun defied her staunchest ally Nabih Berry (head of AMAL and Chairman of the Parliament since 1991) in Jezzine; actually, the bloc of Nabih Berry lost five deputies in this election but will be re-elected at the head of the Parliament.

            Michel Aoun proclaimed that he will participate in a national government that allocates ministerial seats on relative victories; thus, if the government is to be of 30 ministers then the Tayyar bloc should enjoy seven portfolios. It is my contention that the Tayyar will be satisfied in the next government simply because no one, internally and externally, is ready to spare time and counter attack the frequent rightful exigencies of the sole truly  opposition bloc in this election.

            What General Aoun has to plan for is another serious trip to Syria and Iran for two reasons; first, to establish direct communication lines for timely advices and updated intelligence offered by States instead of relying solely on his advisors and his personal reflection; it is known that General Aoun is judged “unpredictable” and unbending on principles of autonomy in decisions and the strengthening of the Central State. Many powerful foreign officials are reluctant to meet face to face with Aoun for fear of “losing face” suggesting advices that go counter to Aoun’s principles.  Second, General Aoun has to revamp the misinformation and understanding of his concept for a Third Republic and setting a schedule of formal meetings with foreign officials in Syria and Iran.

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