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Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Monday, February 14, 2005

RIP Rafik Harriri

This post was supposed to be some kind of jokey snarky stupid let's-make-fun-of-valentines-day post. Unfortunately, when i hear the news that Rafik Harriri died in what is referred to as one of the most brutal assassination attempts ever, well, all the sense of humor in me kinda died as well. I really liked that man. I really did. I liked him even before i saw his name on the Business school at BU and found out that he sponsers poor lebanese students to come study at BU all expenses paid. I liked him when he was prime minister of lebanon and when he wasn't. I liked him for standing up to the syrians and wanting them out. The man was a self-made billionare. He wasn't a corrupt politician and he cared for his country and people. And most of all, he stood up to the syrian occupation and wanted them to leave his country and stop using it as a base for attacks on israel that they are too chicken to launch from Syria. I really really liked this man. And now he is dead. I don't care what anyone says or about the crazy talk dejour that will involve some sort of Americans/israeli/zionist/imperialist conspiracy theory to create a wedge between the arabs and divide them.Hell, Iran already blamed Israel. This is simply bullshit. The arabs are divided as it is and no one needed to create a wedge between lebanon and syria. Ask any lebanese person and he will tell you that he wants the syrians out. If living in the middle-east has taught me anything it's that things are never that complicated. Any story that involves an explanation longer then 2 sentences is probably bullshit or an excuse to hide or cover -up a screw-up of some sort. There is no unknown terrorist group behind it; there is no american/ israeli conspiracy. The syrians did it, cause the man was leading the opposition to get them out. One sentence. End of story. Thank you very much. Now, all that we can hope for, is that the man's death doesn't end in vain. Let's hope the lebanese opposition takes the opprutunity and the momentum and starts a movement to get the syrians out, hopefully with the increased pressure and support of the Bush adminstration. Let's all hope for a free lebanon and for the syrian baathist bastards to get the hell out. That was Rafik Harriri's goal and dream. Let's hope it also becomes his legacy. Ohh yeah, I almost forgot: Happy Valentine's Day!


At 2/14/2005 06:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had known almost nothing of this man before today. Knowing this now, I think your post was a fine & fit Ulogy for such a fine man & Lebanese Patriot.I hope his Dream of a Syrian Free Lebanon comes to pass.

At 2/14/2005 07:13:00 PM, Blogger Tina said...

What you had to say about him would have made Rafkik Harriri proud. Death too often becomes an anonymous void where people slip away, forgotten by all but those closest to them. Mr. Harriri will not.

I think you are right. I think his people will cease upon his death and make something worthwhile out of it. Anything less for such a fine man would be a real shame.

At 2/14/2005 09:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a sad day indeed. Hard to celebrate love with death of a fine man like him.

Lebanon lost a wonderful man by all means. The whole arab world lost a voice of reason.

May his soul rest in peace.

At 2/14/2005 11:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Sam...


At 2/14/2005 11:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that was me..sorry


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