With the Arab Summit over, one thing was confirmed; the Saudi leadership of the Arab world. This implies that, as typical of Saudi decisions, the real policy implication on issues such as
However, the immediate issue remains
In case a compromise was made, it may have been designed to give him some guarantees of immunity, but it ignores the fact that his regime is beyond compromise. The current Syrian regime is addicted to
Indeed, the Syrian press and Syrian-inspired apologists are starting to spew Stalinist-style comments, lauding the Saudis for reaffirming respect for the old sacred cows of “Arab Unity and respect for the Arab nation”. Such empty words usually precede some rash action.
The Maronite Patriarch appears to understand this danger. His surprising interview in which he lashes at Lahoud and Aoun, he may be attempting some badly needed shock therapy.
Time will tell whether this is too late; treatment delayed may well be worse than treatment denied… You know things are bad when reasonable people start looking to Michel Aoun to “break Lebanon's debilitating impasse”…
Jeha on March 29th, 2007