Now that the "opposition", including Nabih Berri, has adopted Aoun's "initiative", March 14 finds itself, yet again, outmaneuvered. After living in the Berri-esque illusion that Bkirki's list will be respected, March 14 rediscovered the dishonesty of its opponents. Over the past month, the "opposition" successfully managed to prevent the parliament's majority from electing a president through distraction and deceit. Hours before the constitutional deadline expires, the Syrian-puppet president is preparing to announce measures designed to prevent the Siniora cabinet from assuming power. Lahoud is armed with Hizbullah's blessing and the complicity of Michel Aoun. March 14 is counting on assurances given by Berri that the "opposition" will not escalate the situation if a president in not elected through a majority vote.
March 14's Fares Soueid said the movement is waiting for Lahoud's announcement before taking such a step. Sadly, March 14 deputies came to parliament today and consented to a postponement, forfeiting their constitutional right to holding such a session. Considering that Berri couldn't hold his end of the French-sponsored bargain, it seems strange to this blogger that so much faith is still being placed in his promises, and in reaching agreement with him.
It should be clear that Lahoud is not bound by any arrangement Berri may have made with the majority. It should also be clear that Hizbullah and Aoun have been using Berri to buy time and keep March 14 from convening its deputies. One wonders if March 14's current strategy, which is sadly being pushed by Jumblatt and Hariri, will cost them the country.