All the major powers have a stake in the outcome. The United States has sent both Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to this country in the space of less than a month. The Iranians, the Saudis, the Egyptians and the Europeans are also looking for outcomes that suit their interests.
The streets are full of candidates faces:
But in addition to the international community, Lebanese manufacturers and advertising companies are also looking to profit from the polls. These include Diamony Lingerie, which mimicked politicians’ back-to-back image strategy:
For example, while stuck in traffic on the highway yesterday, a man passing out fliers handed this to me through my passenger window. The first line in bold type reads: “Vote for the best”
But the reforms and changes it calls for are nothing more than a refurbishing of home furniture.
On the back of the flier, this furniture repair company lists its phone number and location:
Lebanese on both sides of the election battle are predicting dire consequences if “the other side” wins. On the one hand, the fear is Iranian domination. The pro-Western alliance says if Hezbollah’s coalition wins, Lebanon will face international isolation and war. Meanwhile the anti-U.S. alliance says that if they lose, Lebanon will continue to be a puppet state enslaved by Israel and corrupt business interests. Either way, the private sector seems quite confident going into the poll.