It’s a little late in the game for me to hide the fact that I’ve long cultivated an unhealthy obsession with Okab Sakr and his formidable rhetorical skills. His performances on the Lebanese evening talk show circuit are the stuff of legend (see here and here for only a couple of my purplest paeans to the Eagle’s eloquence), but it’s been a while since he’s made an appearance on primetime.
Today, OTV and al-Akhbar are teaming up to put Okab back on primetime with an exposé of his involvement in Syrian arms trafficking, including promised recordings of conversations between him and people who want to do things with guns.
Here’s the first clip in the series:
Thinking aloud for now… Of all the people that Saad Hariri or the Saudis or whoever could have tapped to get involved in the weapons racket, why Okab Sakr? Why not use someone with relevant experience like Antoine Zahra (who is now bizarrely acting as M14’s official emissary to Hamas)? The choice of Sakr as arms dealer makes even less sense to me than Michel Samaha’s pretensions to espionage.
And yet, and yet…