As those with some basic knowledge of Lebanese politics, but apparently not Abu Muqawama, know, Lebanese politics is currently divided between a Sunni-Catholic coalition (supported by Saudi Arabia and France) and a large Shia party (Hezbollah, supported by Iran). Sunni and Catholic Lebanese are more integrated into the global economy and form much of the Lebanese middle class, while the Shia form much of the underclass and like Iran battle globalization and its consequences.
Thus, the Sunni-Catholic government is progressive in the most important way imaginable: they are on the side of economic development.
abu muqawama: Future TV
Did Tom Friedman really just describe Future TV as “progressive”? Really? Progressive in, uh, what way? Because it has the word “future” in its name?
Abu Muqawama thought Hizbollah shutting the station down was just as cowardly and thuggish as anyone, but let’s be honest — Future TV and al-Mustaqbal newspaper are sectarian propaganda organs for March 14th and the Hariri family.
Friedman then went on to say that Hizbollah shut down Future TV so that its “propaganda machine could dominate the airwaves.” Are you kidding me? Is that the way it works in Lebanon, Tom? Have you been back since 1984? There are only two news stations there now, huh? Did LBC fold up shop and emigrate to France? And are al-Arabiyya and al-Jazeera unavailable?
To paragraph Abu, stupid stuff like this in the first three paragraphs of a blog post column is enough to make those who us speak in the first-person-plural quit reading. So if Abu Muqawama said anything smart in the rest of the column, let us know.