Assumption of Command

09 March 2005

Interesting Opinions

I have been traveling around the theatre of operations a lot recently. (hence the slow posting)

At one of the places where I ate dinner, I had a long conversation with the manager of the establishment. First let me tell you about this fascinating guy. He Mother is from Sicily and his Father is Egyptian with a little Lebanese. He is an Egyptian citizen, but I found this to be a very interesting mix of backgrounds.

When he first mentioned he was Egyptian, I immediately asked him his opinions of current Egyptian politics. If there is a Missouri in Egypt he must be from there. He really likes the idea of the open elections, but he has some serious reservations about the process. He it is entirely to difficult to get on the ballet. He is taking a Show-me attitude about the whole thing. One thing he does know is that Hosni Mubarak has been there way to long. Mubarak was good for a time but has overstayed his welcome.

When the conversation turned to Lebanon, he told his "theory" of the assassination of Rafik Hariri, former Lebanese Prime Minister. He thinks that the Israelis did it, more specifically Mossad. He says Syria had nothing to gain from killing a man that has been known for his charity work. He doesn't have any proof of this opinion but I found it very interesting that people are thinking this way. I am not sure if this is more of the same "blame Israel" for any bad thing that happens attitude or not, but he seemed convinced. Regardless of who did the deed, he thinks Syria should leave Lebanon.

Lastly, we agreed that there are so many great things going on in the middle east. All of the peaceful protests and elections made us both proud. And we also agreed that no Hollywood writer could author the drama that happens in this region year after year.