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Libya on Lebanon

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on October 16, 2009

Bloomberg published an absolute gem of an article about Lebanon’s new spot on the Security Council. The reportage was fine, the analysis was appropriately Bloomberg’y, and the quotes were out-of-this-world. If you want to read the full piece, you can do so here. If you just want the highlights, keep scrolling.

Here’s Nawaf Salam, demonstrating the fine grammatical clarity that one expects of a Harvard grad:

“It was long overdue,” Lebanon’s Ambassador Nawaf Salam said in an interview. “We are on the path to recovery. That makes it more comfortable assuming this role.”

That, it, and this. What? I’m coming to expect bad editing from the New York Times, now that all its staff is either gone or working on reduced wages. But Bloomberg? And yes – its more than just that sentence. Here’s another excerpt: Lebanon was last elected to the 15-nation body, the UN’s principle policy-making body, in 1952. Does one need to use “body” twice in the same sentence? And while I might indeed describe the Security Council as principled, the correct term here is principal.

Salam gets a lot of air-time in this article, including the following:

“It is not a government in crisis, just a delay in formation because of domestic balances in a pluralistic society, and because of regional interferences,” said Salam[.] I agree that at some point we will all need to recognize that Lebanon’s normal is a state of crisis – and that many political actors there prefer this. But by ascribing this to both the (positive) effect of pluralism and the (negative) impact of regional interference, he weakens his case.

Although Salam works hard, the article’s best quote comes from Libya’s UN Ambassador, who assesses Lebanon’s progress in its four-month-and-counting-long quest to form a government as follows:

“This is the main concern, so I hope it will be resolved as soon as possible,” Libya’s Deputy Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi said of Hariri’s bid to form a unity government. “But they are making a lot of progress. It was impossible before. Now it is completely different.”

Completely different? Really? I admit that the world of men’s fashion is brighter because of Qadhafi, and that the Arab League would be unbearable without him. But I don’t think his style of governance gives his deputies any credibility as analysts of even the most dysfunctional democracies.

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2 Responses to “Libya on Lebanon”

  1. “Completely different? Really? I admit that the world of men’s fashion is brighter because of Qadhafi, and that the Arab League would be unbearable without him. But I don’t think his style of governance gives his deputies any credibility as analysts of even the most dysfunctional democracies.”

    LOL, could not have said it any better myself.

    Welcome back btw.
    Cheers.

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