The final chapter in the little big adventure that began in the Middle East in 2003 is now over. I have lost count of the tussles, arguments and abuse I have gone through with people concerning the importance (or lack of it) of the Hariri tribunal, after the failed 2006 Israeli war and then Hezbullah's takeover of Beirut, I claimed it was a dead horse that was no longer useful to America. Here is an post I had written in October 2007 which summarised the situation. The final defeat of the United States' grand plan in the region is marked by their conceding to the release of the four suspects in the Hariri tribunal. Once the elections take place and Hezbullah smashes into power with Aoun as President, the March 14th figureheads will be nothing more than the biggest, fattest zero in Middle Eastern politics. Now, a brief look at the brightest and best apologists for the American project for the region and where they are today:
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Beirut to the Beltway is now closed. Here is a short quote from the final post there and might I add, good riddance:
My new American dream replaced my Lebanese nightmare, at least during the day, when ghosts hide under pillows. At night, however, they rear their ugly heads, redrawing that path of self-torture that raised me. I will probably always dream of the shells, the darkness of the shelter, and the frustrations of living small in a place that pretends to be large. But when the light rises from behind the hill, I am new. Remember that myth about the Phoenix rising from the ashes? It is true. But in my case, life came back somewhere else.
That was my past. Thank you for reading. This blog is over. My story begins.
Tony Badran from Across the Bay fumes slowly at the turn of events in Syria and Lebanon. Silently, sadly. His other blog, the Syria Monitor, was last updated in May 2007. He was also a contributer to CLIME (The Centre for Liberty in the Middle East). Click here for a post I wrote about them in 2007 as well.
The website for CLIME -mideastliberty.org appears to have fallen into disuse as there is no sign of any updates or activity at all.
Ammar Abdulhamid, a former Syrian and the son of the famous actress Mona Wassef. I once called Mr Abdulhamid a lame, toothless tiger after coming across his blog and discovering his disastrous political positions, today he has disappeared off the map altogether. His blog has not been updated for a very long time but his Tharwa Foundation seems to be ticking along quietly in the background with a flashy new website. For now it seems that the Amarji has left the building.
The "Reform" party of Syria has a new fancy website - must be more US funding. Farid Ghadry's presidency of the party lapsed recently. I never thought it would be possible but this remarkable party has achieved what I thought was previously impossible. They are more irrelevant today than they were a few years ago.
Farid (Frank) Ghadry has crawled back to his hole. The last I heard, his father was suing him for some botched business deal but I cannot confirm this.