May 19, 2008

A STATE THAT CAN'T AFFORD AN HONEST ELECTION...:

The heart of Lebanon's strife: Violence is rooted in the flawed 1943 power-sharing pact. (Mohamad Bazzi, May 20, 2008 , CS Monitor)

Lebanon's problems are rooted in a 1943 power-sharing agreement installed when the country won its independence from French colonial rule. The system was designed to keep a balance among 18 religious sects, dividing power between a Maronite president, a Sunni prime minister, and a Shiite speaker of parliament. This system extends from the top ranks of government to the lowest rungs of civil service jobs, and has barely changed since it was put in place 65 years ago.

...can't be an American ally in the long term.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 19, 2008 5:31 PM
Comments

Define the "long term", we got along with Mexico just fine for 60 years.

Posted by: Brandon at May 19, 2008 5:53 PM

When? We've gotten along with them for less than a decade and only with the first change of party via election.

Posted by: oj at May 19, 2008 6:18 PM

I'm all in favor of honest elections, but what makes you think Hezbollah wants them? Is there even a hint of democracy within that organization? Are their leaders elected? Yes, they have representatives in the legislature, but that seems more like taking what they can get rather than a philosophical commitment.

Posted by: PapayaSF at May 19, 2008 10:03 PM

They don't want them. They want power by fiat as the Christians and Sunni got it in the past. Indeed, they point out the hypocrisy of our insistence that they follow liberal democratic norms but the Sunni and Christians don't need to. We're hoist on our own petard.

Posted by: oj at May 20, 2008 6:12 AM

Okay, that statement can I agree with.

Posted by: Brandon at May 20, 2008 10:50 AM
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