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* Preventing the Iranian Nuclear Crisis from Escalating  Pierre Goldschmidt

* An Open letter to Mrs Hillary Clinton - signed by 96 sinatories  Ali Behrooz

* Iran's Failed 'Litmus Test'  News Report

* A Sensible Path on Iran  News Report

* A Freshman’s Solution  Ali Behrooz

* Iran – a tough nut for the American election candidates  Korosh Erfani

* Obama shaken, rattled, and rolled  Dick Polman

* The Ayatollahs’ Choice?  Ali Behrooz

* ‘With enemies like this…’  Ali Behrooz

* Mitigating Iranian Mischief  David Ignatius

* Playing at CINC  Michelle Oddis

* The Conceit of Hindsight  Richard Dawkins

* The lesser of two evils  Ali Behrooz

* Gertrude Himmelfarb - Queen bee of American neoconservatives -PROFILE:  Gertrude Himmelfarb

* Analysis: Iran's political flux mirrored in US  News Report

* Lebanon and the Lebanese need a lot more than just a new president  News Report

* Iran seen to need 3-8 yrs to produce bomb  Jon Boyle

* Invasion would be a disaster  Michael Evans

* The Warmongers!  Ali Behrooz

* It Doesn't Get Any Worse Than That, Ray"  William A. Cook

* Chaotic, Disarrayed and Appeasing  Ali Behrooz

* Still a messiah?  Isabel Hilton

* The fallout from an attack on Iran would be devastating  News Report

* Intellectually Progressive  Ali Behrooz

* Islamists, USA and Terrorists – Foes or Friends?  Ali Behrooz

* No Sanctuary for Rashid Ghazi  Ali Behrooz

* 'The driving force of global terror'  News Report

* Getting serious about Syria  News Report

* Mideast lessons from Northern Ireland  News Report

* Defusing the Israeli-Syrian PR war  News Report

* The Democrats After November  Mike Davis

* Mid-Point In The Middle East?  Tariq Ali

* Nato's Islamists  Cihan tuğal

* France’s foreign policy  Bernard Cassen

* Interview: Bank Pressures Hit Iranian Business Harder than Sanctions  Lee Hudson Teslik

* Interview: Gingrich: Bipartisanship, and Possibly His Candidacy, Needed to Right U.S. Foreign Policy  Robert McMaho

* Turks are reconstructing Northern Iraq  Serpil Yilmaz

* Two men on the wrong mission  Robert Fox

* General Sees Iran s Hand in Iraq Fight  Robert Burns

* Bush's Dilemma: Iran vs. Israel  Patrick J. Buchanan

* Iran may be the greatest crisis of modern times  John Pilger

* Intelligence Indications And Warnings Abound On Bush Iran Military Strike  Wayne Madsen

* As peace summit ends, war begins  News Report

* Solution in Sight  Noam Chomsky


Lebanon and the Lebanese need a lot more than just a new president
[ News Report]  [2007-10-28 05:00:30]
[Source: Daily Star - 27/10/07]


Editorial

Negotiations to end the political impasse in Lebanon are taking place on several levels both inside the country and abroad, but the principal players seem not to recognize the urgency of the situation. There is only so much that dealings among outside powers can do: In the end, the deal that saves the Lebanese will have to be agreed - and respected - by Lebanese.

Foreign meddling has helped to put Lebanon in its unenviable position, but in many instances officials from other countries seem more concerned about the welfare of the Lebanese than do their own leaders. The latter continue to make childish speeches and quibble over inanities as time runs out on the selection of a new president, as though the only thing they can agree on is to collectively fiddle while Lebanon burns. Nonetheless, both the government and the opposition continue to claim that their positions are rooted in a desire to serve the best interests of the public. If that were true, the pace of the current contacts would be nothing short of relentless - and they would have begun long ago.

No, the priority of the political elite remains what it has always been in this country: to protect itself. Beirut's "authority" is an unfunny joke at the best of times, and with the power struggle having paralyzed what few functioning arms the state ever had, those in positions in influence are fostering their own interests by arranging and/or renewing sweetheart deals for their relatives and cronies. This can only ensure that however the political crisis plays out, the cultures of corruption and impunity will remain intact - and that the unscrupulous crooks who have always benefited from them will find a way to keep riding the gravy train.

Lebanon needs desperately to be led by someone for whom the country's future is more important than his or her own. Unfortunately, the system as currently designed filters out the vast majority of such individuals. The real challenge, therefore, is not to pick a president: It is to fundamentally change the way Lebanon is governed.

 





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