Monday, August 14, 2006

Could Saniora have done things better?

Photo source imf.orgThe vibes that Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Saniora has sent were caused by statements he gave such as: "The important thing now is to restore full Lebanese sovereignty in the south, dismantling any armed militia parallel to the national army."

Also Saniora said that Hizbullah has created a "state within a state" in Lebanon and must be disarmed in an interview in an Italian Daily magazine.

Moreover he said that Chebaa Farms are to claim from Israel, and Lebanon needs international help to convince Israel to withdraw from these farms, that were being used by Hezbollah as a pretext to attack Israeli forces.

"The international community must help us in (getting) an Israeli withdrawal from Chebaa Farms so we can solve the problem of Hezbollah's arms," Saniora said. Source:

Haaretz, Saniora was described as a man who runs his government on three tracks: "He deals with Hezbollah through Beri, with the Lebanese public through Information Minister Ghazi Aridi, and with the world through Hariri's son, Saad Hariri, who spent the last week in France."

Saniora was referred to as a man who is highly skilled in negotations, and this "compliment" has been given to him due to the decision of sending the Lebanese troops to the South of Lebanon, which could have resulted from Saad Hariri, or both together. Therefore deciding to run this option by France and see their reaction. This option was suggested after revising the proposal coming from France and the US concerning the cease-fire, and knowning that the Lebanese President of the Parliament and Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah will not agree to it.

Which finally lead to the resolution 1701 that has been decided on, and then voted in favor of on Friday, August 11, at 7 pm New York time. This resolution that most of the world leaders welcomed, American, French, Israeli, Arab, almost all but
Nasrallah; nonetheless he did abide by it, although refrained from commenting on several points, and with which to deal after the cease-fire happens, with the various Lebanese power figures.

The question is, could Saniora have done things better? Or is this exactly how he wanted them!


  1. I think he could've! He wasted some card that were in favor of Lebanon! And the resolution 1701 is not so much in favor as he says it is!

  2. Dunno if Siniora could have done better, but any ass could have done better than Siniora.

    We have to raise our expectations of leaders and ourselves. If not, expect more of the same.

  3. Well maybe he couldn't have done better, but definitely not any as* as you have put it!

    My expectations are definitely low concerning our leaders! I don't even think of them as leaders except to more complications!