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The Arab League is Syriasly In Need Of A Morality Check

Several members of the Arab League have mentioned a temporary freeze of Syria’s membership of the organization. This was reported on Tuesday, June 14, in the Egyptian newspaper, “Al-Ahram.” What took so long? The action started months ago. The Arab League dropped Libya as soon as the rebellion broke out in that country.

Amr MoussaCertain, unknown members of the Arab League still fervently oppose this initiative. According to these parties, such a move would complicate the “peaceful resolution of the Syrian crisis.” Whatever that is supposed to mean. Assad is a serial killer. Worse. A genocidal maniac.

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said that the members are closely watching the developments in Syria. He says the Arabs have “concern and anger” about the heinous suppression of the Syrian opposition. Moussa added that it is impossible to drop Syria from the Arab League because this would lead the status quo to undesirable consequences for Damascus. Amr Moussa said that the Arab countries were trying to work out a common position with regard to Syria.

Meanwhile, as Lebanon’s Mikati has joined forces with Hezbollah – the group made of Iranian militants who he has made private donations to – Assad, amidst the turmoil, called him on the telephone to congratulate him and give his approval of the Hezbollah.

Opposition Reconstruction

These were strange elections. The “Right Block” (of political parties) and the “Center Block” have achieved a problematic tie, while the “Left Block” has been brutally crushed by its (lack of) voters.

Ehud Barak, a former Prime Minister, current Minister of Defense, and chairman of the Avoda (Israeli Labor Party), was the first party leader to carry a speech last night, soon after the exit polls were announced at 10pm. Among other things, in his “Defeat Speech” — as it was quickly declared by the news media — he warned that his party isn’t afraid of sitting in the opposition. Other prominent members of the Avoda are now echoing the same message. “We need to listen to our constituency, and to rebuild ourselves in the opposition”, they are saying.

A similar scenario is also taking place in Meretz, the socialist Left party, who now remains with merely 3 seats in the Knesset. (The Israeli parliament holds 120 seats). Zehava Gal-On, who apparently just lost her place in the Knesset, also wants to see her party “laying a new ideological foundation” in the opposition rows.

It seems that “sitting in the opposition” has become the preferred solution to any parliamentary decline. Indeed, the public gets weary of ruling parties more than he does of opposition parties. And it is much easier to keep your campaign promises when you are not confronted with the fierce pressures of the coalition, which sometimes demand very difficult compromises.

However, I do believe that any political party should at least attempt to enter the coalition, as long as it is able to maintain its core values and to deliver at least some of its promises. It’s all too “easy” to turn away from the heat.

Yes, some parties are too obsessed with being a part of the coalition, willing to sell away their constituency for an overpriced seat by the government table — yet others are all too shy of it. Remember that Change comes from within.

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