Thursday, December 06, 2007

A Word About Aoun

I hope you’ll forgive the digression but I thought I’d start this post by talking a little about a character we haven’t heard about in a long time, Emile Emile Lahoud.

The Voice of Lebanon's Youth?

Emile Emile is the son of recently retired Syrian stooge [you guessed it] Emile Lahoud. His ridiculous name shot to notoriety when his father cashed in Syrian favor to have him (s)elected as a Parliamentarian for the Metn district in 2000. As a Member of Parliament, Emile Emile’s name was quickly associated with a number of shady business projects that cropped up in his mountainous district, as well as in Beirut.

After the Cedar Revolution and the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon in 2005, Emile Emile was among a handful of [Syrian-imposed] Parliamentarians who thought it safer not to ask their constituents what they really thought of them. Subsequently, he chose not to run for “re-election”.

The last that was heard of Emile Emile, he had been implicated in the multi-billion dollar Iraqi oil-for-food program while serving as an MP [funds from that scandal were said to have been laundered through the now-collapsed Al Madina Bank]. His brother Ralph Lahoud, meanwhile, was busy co-owning and managing [along with Majid Hamdan, the brother of ex-President Emile Lahoud's commander of the Presidential Guard, Mustafa Hamdan] one of numerous “private security” companies roaming the country.

As chance would have it, however, this particular company was charged with the security of the part of Beirut in which the late Rafic Hariri was assassinated [along with 22 others – including ex-minister Basel Fuleihan] at the time in which the assassination took place [the assassination itself has been reportedly linked to the Al Madina Bank scandal and Hariri's possession of documents incrimminating top Lebanese and Syrian officials in it]. Well maybe it wasn’t chance, but that’s a subject for another day.

Now if you’re asking yourself what in the world reminded me of a run-of-the-mill stooge/traitor/criminal character such as Emile Emile and prompted me to include him in a post [that will ultimately get to be] about the Presidency [or lack thereof], then lay your eyes on this quote, retrieved from Emile Emile’s official website:

Febraury 1 2005 - M.P. Emile Lahoud to Al Balad newspaper: General Aoun is rightfully entitled to financial compensation.

And so we begin our look at the effective sabotage of the country’s efforts at achieving a measured degree of normalcy with a retrospective look at how the “General” - currently at the [nominal] head of efforts to abort another General’s [unconstitutional] ascension to the Presidential seat - actually came to be in Lebanon for the event.

The Tsunami

The truth of the matter is that Michel Aoun’s return to Lebanon [in the spring of 2005] had less to do with the ouster of the Syrian Army and intelligence apparatuses than with a deal cut by Aoun and the Syrian regime [including its stooges in Lebanon] in which the General stood to regain funds he had abandoned in his hurried flight from the country.

That these negotiations between Aoun and the Syrian regime took place ahead of the assassination of the Rafic Hariri – and the subsequent launching of the Cedar Revolution – seems to be hinted at by the above proclamation [did I mention Emile Emile tried to pitch himself as the voice of Lebanon’s youth? What a joke].

After Hariri’s assassination Aoun was met in Paris by a number of delegates representative of the budding March 14th movement, with the most public of these meetings being that between Aoun and Wael Abou Faour [on behalf of Walid Jumblatt]. Despite positive initial indications, relations between the two politicians [Aoun and Jumblatt] quickly degenerated, hitting rock-bottom with Jumblatt’s famous declaration likening Aoun’s imminent return to the Lebanese political scene to a “Tusnami” [passing through the country with destructive force and leaving only chaos and devastation in its wake - two years on, that sounds about right].

According to sources close to the talks, the collapse was a direct result of Aoun’s refusal to abandon negotiations with the Syrian regime [and its representatives in Lebanon] linked to his “financial compensation” as well as several criminal charges brought against him by those same representatives. Two days ahead of his return, the General would witness the suspension of all charges by Syria's judicial enforcer in Lebanon, Public Prosecutor Adnan Addoum.

The Traitor

Of course this doesn't begin to describe the full extent of the damage that Aoun continues to do today to his country and his community, but its a start. A continuation would entail a look at the General's relentless assailing of everything his soldiers died for and everything his supporters bled for at the hands of those he now readily supports and contrives with over the future of our country.

Whether it be in the form of that ridiculous piece of toilet paper readily referred to as the MoU; or the closure of Parliament to which he and his party have been accessories; or the devastating riots and protests which took the country to the brink of civil war; or the blockages he continues to impose on the successful election of President of the Republic.

[All this is - along with the political implications these actions carry - are what we are referring to when we talk about the political cover Aoun grants Hizballah. None of it would be possible without his support and mobilization. And none of it is reflective of the views of the Lebanese Christian community which he claims to represent.]

In everything he does, Aoun has proven to be not only a useful destructive idiot, but something much much worse, a man who is fully conscious of the act that he is committing: treason.

9 comments:

  1. Hey y'all,

    As a matter of "policy" I don't promise specific future posts ahead of their publication, but this being the 'comments section' I'll go ahead and say that this post should make up part of a series looking at the major figures in the blockage of the Presidential Elections 2007.

    That is to say that in addition to this post there will be 3 additional posts (hopefully) titled: A Word About Hizballah, the Patriarch, and Michel Suleiman (respectively).

    The posts are a bit long and they don't match up 1-to-1 in content with the Presidential elections, but they are pertinent.

    The posts have the dual tags: Analysis and Opinion simply because thats what they are, a bit of Analysis and a bit of Opinion - each post will have a different mix of the above.

    Anyway there it is, enjoy, feel free to leave any comments in the comments section [as long as they're respectful - otherwise they'll be removed].

    Oh, and please allow for timely modifications of the post (in terms of hyperlinks and pix).

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  2. Abu Kais2:56 PM

    Interesting. This calls for a serious re-examination of the FPM claim that March 14 "abandoned" Aoun during the 2005 elections.

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  3. Very insightful, BJade.

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  4. Abu Jaafar9:15 PM

    sigh... u might be right BMJ...

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  5. Ibovski3:57 AM

    I mean the guy Aoun is logically inconsistent person. When he came to Lebanon, he said "If my speech is sectarian, then exile me". Today, he claims to be the sole representative of the marginalized Christians. Way to go for his nonsectarian party. Aoun is against political feusalism, but hell, Jebran Bassil his son in law is a typical case of feudalism/nepostim. Then he says since he has the MAJORITY of christians (i.e. 22 MPs out of 68 Christian MPs), the he is the biggest player is Christian politics and everyone else in the Christian leadership should shut up. You tell him to apply that on a national scale, the majority rules and the minority shuts up till 2009, and he'll flip/Swear/behave like the animal he is and will need his anti-mental retardedness pills on the spot. The guy accuses Sanioura of refusing the share power. He forgot his own damning premiership: he took a Sunni post, held on to it, refused Taef and then dissolved parliament when parliament asked him to step down. The guy Aoun used the army as his own private militia only to leave them to die and flee with his pyjamas. His reign as Prime minister was decribed by journalists such as Robert Fisk as both dangerous and authoritarian. Aoun is a TRAITOR

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  6. For all those interested, check the following video attached as an addendum to this post.

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  7. The following correction has been incorporated into the above post (with supporting links):

    The security company in question is jointly owned and managed by Ralph Lahoud (Emile Emile's younger brother) and Majid Hamdan, the brother of ex-President Emile Lahoud's commander of the Presidential Guard, Mustafa Hamdan. Mustafa Hamdan is currently under arrest on suspicion of involvement in the assassination of Rafic Hariri.

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  8. I'll admit it, I've been terrible with the editing of these "A Word About" posts, what with typos, grammar mistakes, and a (minor) content corrections here and there.

    Anyway, theres been yet another adjustment to the paragraph mentioned above.

    Enjoy.

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