Monday, May 12, 2008

Quote of the Day: Robert Fisk

"What is it about Lebanon that creates these crises? Maybe at heart, it is the same old problem: to be a modern state, Lebanon must abandon confessionalism - the system which provides a Maronite for the presidency, a Sunni for the prime minister's seat, a Shia for the speaker of parliament, and so on. But if Lebanon abandoned confessionalism, it would no longer be Lebanon, because sectarianism is its identity; a fate which its children do not deserve but whose country was created by French masters on the ruins of the Ottoman empire. Ironically, the Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora now rules - or tries to rule - his nation from a building which was once the Beirut cavalry stables of the Ottoman army." Robert Fisk , taken from here

5 comments:

margaret said...

So, do you agree with Fisk? My paltry knowledge of Lebanese politics tells me that confessionalism is a large part of the problem. But, I don't see why Lebanon couldn't create another system and identity for itself. In the process it would also be nice if this system was more egalitarian, because although I am no expert of Lebanese politics it is not difficult to see that Lebanon has a clear division line between those that have and those that have not. And what is your analysis, MFL?

Renegade Eye said...

This is from a major liberal blog "The Daily Kos." It is a good explaination, of how Bush and company, played a role in screwing up Lebanon.

Margaret's comments are insightful.

I would like to see your stat counter. I bet the hits went up on your blog.

MarxistFromLebanon said...

I am not sure Renegade how many visit my blog, I think about 1000 unique visitor these days, I should integrate one to my blog and see

Margret check my ethnic dimenstion investigation on Lebanon

glued blue glass said...

MFL- Where can I find this investigation?

MarxistFromLebanon said...

at www.ssnp.info

I read it there... you will also find an interesting declaration there for well in realtions to Halba