The Assad regime is not ready for the Lebanese presidential election. Period. It needs more time to kill more politicians and security officials. Any serious presidential candidate is to be eliminated immediately, either through character assassination or by targeting his support network.
That's the official position in Damascus, the capital of Arab culture, which Fairuz celebrated last week. The search is now for another time-buying tactic to relieve Damascus of any Arab or international pressure.
It's not like it hasn't been working. We've watched the world's top suits play the Assad game only to find themselves back in square one after each round. How much time is the world planning on giving the Assad regime? Don't ask me. It's getting really, really hard to repeat myself.
The latest Syrian time-buying proposal was delivered by Qatar to Nicolas Sarkozy. According to al-Hayat, Damascus offered to pressure its allies to abandon the demand for a blocking vote if Suleiman's candidacy was taken off the table. Right.
Poor Suleiman. He had to tell his visitors that he never really announced his candidacy, which is true: others did it for him, and he thought he could pull the independent candidate act and not alienate his former Syrian master. Tonight, he will watch his former friend Hassan Nasrallah, and his Christian cover Michel Aoun on television making Suleiman's candidacy obsolete by burying the Arab League and their "Syrian-backed" initiative.
Some in March 14 are probably asking, what have we gained by not electing a president through a simple majority when we could have, and by agreeing to sell time to the Assad regime? We lost colleagues, two of the country's top watchmen, and we're about to lose our army to a militia and a crazy former general.
Nothing is sacred for this "opposition". Everything is fair game for the Assad regime. The more you wait, the more you will lose. Bullies aren't punished by letting them do what they want and by watching them destroy your house brick by brick while you read the book of Job.
But you know, we will show them on Valentine's day, when the people of the revolution will descend on Martyrs' square to commemorate the assassination of… who was it again?
Right. Time does that. Makes you forget. Yep.