Some gave their additional shoulder hold for added economic stability:
A few got a shoulder rub back:
They arrived in dozens of bullet-proof luxury vehicles, which circled endlessly around the presidential palace.
Mercedes and BMWs:
And Range Rovers:
At least someone tried to be humble with a Mini Cooper:
To dark blue:
And among this giant sausage fest of old men, I counted about five women. Because hey, we wouldn’t be here without them!
Finally this sordid occasion of hypocrisy was crowned by a letter of advice from one of the powers that helped create this tragic republic, England. Of course the British divided the spoils with their French counterparts some 70 years ago to help establish today’s Middle East dictatorships for their own advantage.
And yet 70 years later, the UK ambassador has the gall to ask why things have gotten so bad here in this mess his and other Western governments have only perpetuated. Still his message was dutifully read by our biggest national broadcaster.
Fortunately, Lebanon is blessed with many great minds that were not at today’s money party. These include social and human rights activists that are usually beaten and intimidated for their patriotic services. We also have an impressive blogging community that may help push a little change in this order of oligarchs, although the powers that be are working hard to infiltrate that space too. Thankfully one of our best bloggers, Karl, has taken one of them to task this morning.