Muslims in the Middle East can’t win for trying. Former Lebanese prime minister, Najib Miqati, after being the candidate of Syrian/Iranian proxy, Hezbollah’s choice, will undertake the daunting task of reforming the Republic of Splintered Cedars. With the forces of terror on his side he should succeed.
Senor Miqati, the billionaire businessman, won 68 seats in Lebanonâ€™s 128-member Parliament â€“ against Saad Hariri’s 60.
Miqati, and his wife, May, have three children. Born in 1955, Mikati was educated at the American University of Beirut, at INSEAD, and at Harvard University.
Here’s a bit from his bio:
“He is the co-founder of M1 Group, a multi-billion dollar privately-owned financial and industrial conglomerate with interests in telecom, asset management, luxury retail trade, real estate, transport, as well as oil and gas…
Before entering politics, he co-founded INVESTCOM, a leading telecom family business which pioneered telephony in emerging markets and was later merged into MTN after its shares were listed on both the London and Dubai stock exchanges, in what was the largest international listing of a Middle Eastern company.”
Moderate protesters, supporters of Hariri demonstrated in the streets, burning tires and clashing with police.
“I understand the shouts of anger that have come out of your chestsâ€¦But it is not right that this anger leads us to what is against our values and upbringing and our belief that democracy is our only resort and the only way we express our political stance. … Raise the Lebanese flag high above your head and know that I will always be with youâ€¦”
Officials of Hezbollah â€“ who have rearmed since the 2006 Jewish offensive with more than 40,000 far-reaching rockets stockpiled â€“ are waiting to be named in the indictments, by a United Nations-backed tribunal, on the assassination of Rafik Hariri.
According to our friends at al-Jazeera:
“Nasrallah has accused the Netherlands-based tribunal of being under US-Israeli controlâ€¦Nasrallah has also said he expects the tribunal will implicate Hezbollah members and warned of grave repercussions.”
We will wait and see just what Nasrallah intended by “grave repercussions.”