Arab Politics, Syria

End of the Arab Cold War? Maybe not…

musalahaLebanese newspaper al-Akhbar carried a report today about the surprise reconcilliation that took place at the Kuwait summit yesterday. It claims that Saudi King Abdullah’s speech came out of the blue and was unexpected by Hosni Mubarak, who remained “cold” towards Bashar al-Assad, and then got on his plane and left. What’s more, the Akhbar report suggests that the mood of “openness” initiated by Abdullah did not translate into any breakthroughs during the closed-door meetings between the various envoys and ministers present. Everybody is still sticking to their guns: the Syrians want to cancel the Arab Peace Initiative while the Saudis are insisting that doing so leaves the Arabs with no serious alternative vis-a-vis Israel.

I wonder what Bashar and Abdullah are discussing in that photograph… “Now you see, your Highness, what I meant by “half-men” was not what you thought at all! I was making a simple observation about the differences in physical appearance between my rather lanky stature and your own well-proportioned self… and of course President Mubarak and King Abdullah II as well…”

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4 thoughts on “End of the Arab Cold War? Maybe not…

  1. You are killing me Qifa!! Joshua

    Posted by Joshua Landis | January 20, 2009, 6:33 pm
  2. Funny!

    If Bashar ever stepped down after a democratic elecion, do you think Hollywood would come knocking to reprise the role of Lurch from the Adams family?

    Posted by Enlightened | January 20, 2009, 8:12 pm
  3. Here’s a better one for you Qifa, apparently Bashar serenaded The two Kings and President Mubarak with this old song!

    Can We Still Be Friends
    Todd Rundgren
    We can’t play this game anymore
    But can we still be friends
    Things just can’t go on like before
    But can we still be friends

    We had something to learn
    Now it’s time for the wheel to turn
    Grains of sand one by one
    Before you know it it’s all gone

    Let’s admit we made a mistake
    But can we still be friends
    Heartbreak’s never easy to take
    But can we still be friends
    It’s a strange sad affair
    Sometimes seems like we just don’t care
    Don’t waste time feeling hurt
    We’ve been through hell together

    Where do we go from here

    We can’t play this game anymore
    But can we still be friends
    Things just can’t go on like before
    But can we still be friends

    We awoke from our dream
    Things are not what they always seem
    Memories linger on
    It’s like a sweet, sad, old song

    Where do we go from here
    Where do we go from here

    I can’t play this game anymore
    Can we still be friends
    Things just can’t go on like before
    I just wanna be friends
    I just wanna be, wanna be, wanna be
    And now I just wanna be friends
    We had something to learn, something to learn
    Now can we still be friends
    Let’s admit our mistakes

    Posted by Enlightened | January 22, 2009, 8:07 pm

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