A Diamond’s Eye View of the World

a multi-faceted look at the middle east, and the middle west

power & electricity: Ebay’ing for Lebanon

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on October 4, 2007

On Tuesday G sent me a link to a very special Ebay auction: the sale of Lebanon’s political figures (or figurines, as the seller termed them). The bidding started at 1 Euro, and the items for sale were described as follows:

Ces hommes politiques sont surtout des figurines. Ce ne sont pas de vrais hommes. On en a déjà usé et abusé dans maintes situations. Ils sont donc d’occasion. Vous pouvez toutefois en disposer pour des jeux de ping-pongs, de débats infructueux, pour épater la galerie(un homme politique libanais dans le salon, ça a son effet)

Sinon, ils ont chacun de très bonnes relations soit avec les USA soit avec l’Iran. Ils peuvent etre utiles pour déclencher des conflits à domicile. Le vendeur n’essaye en aucun cas de débarasser son pays de ce poids embarassant. Mais non. Le but de cette vente est simple. Leur faire prendre l’air à ces statues sans scrupules ni sentiments. Ils ont tant travaillé vous savez. Ils le méritent. Et nous aussi.

Hilarious. And the auction was utterly non-partisan: every major figure in Lebanese politics was included in a photo collage featuring Berri, Hariri, Emile Lahoud, Amin Gemayel, Nasrallah, Walid Jumblatt, Samir Geagea and Michel Aoun.

For those of you who might have been interested in placing a bid, I am sorry to inform you that the auction ended yesterday. (No word yet as to who the winner(s) might be!)

Meanwhile, I found a treasure of my own on Ebay: a portable generator. 1250 watts for only $99 – I kick myself every day for not having packed a nice camping generator into my luggage when I returned to Beirut. 1250 watts could power my computer, internet, and my tea kettle: life’s urgent necessities, otherwise unusable for large stretches of time each day.


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