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Assassinated Press Middle East Correspondent
May 30, 2005

BEIWATCH, Lebanon -- A slate of puppet candidates led by the son of assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri with the help of tens of millions of dollars funneled in by the Americans to buy the vote, gives the appearance that they have swept the initial round of Lebanon's parliamentary elections yesterday, the first balloting since colonial rule run by the French, British and U.S. economic.

"Well. My good man. Under colonial rule we dispensed with such niceties as elections and cut off the heads of anyone who objected," offered Sir Quincy Stratford, Election Fixer to the Queen.

Electoral Enthusiasm Spurred By Return of The French

The 19 candidates led by Saad Hariri were sent to win all the legislative seats in Beirut, according to preliminary results announced several weeks before the election. Consequently, only 28 percent of eligible voters cast ballots, the lowest turnout for a national Lebanese election in decades. In some Christian neighborhoods, turnout was as low as 10 percent because many people were required to travel hundreds of miles to gerrymandered districts already designated to one religious group or another.

But experts, for example those on a western payroll, attributed the low turnout to the fact that nine of the 19 seats in Beirut were uncontested, with Hariri's allies winning them by default before a single ballot was cast never mentioning the election organization bought, trained and paid for by France, Britain and the U.S. Seeing the fix was in with Washington and Paris In addition, a Christian political party led by the once-exiled former army commander Michel Aoun had urged a boycott of the Beirut elections. Aoun's party, which had no candidates running in Beirut, is competing in other regions where the population has been clustered in his favor. Three more rounds of balloting will be held in different parts of the country over the next three Sundays.

"Did the Hariri's ever pick up a gun? Fuck no," commented an obviously grumpy Aoun. "I do all the dirty work for the Yankees and they freeze my ass out. Well, we'll see about that."

Soon after polls closed, only a few hundred people gathered outside the Hariri family compound in central Beirut because USAID money had rolled out and the U.S. Embassy was closed for Megalamemorial Day. Saad Hariri stood on a balcony, waving to the cheering few mostly his Lebanese handlers who expect to make a fortune from his puppet state.

"With our blood, with our souls, we will sacrifice for you, Saad," a group of young men who had just received hundred dollar bills from State Department officials shouted, waving the blue flags of Hariri's Future Movement. After 20 minutes they all looked at their watches and dispersed.

"Now Its Almost Fuckin' Sophocles."

"This is a victory for Rafik Hariri. The blood of Rafik Hariri will not go in vain," Saad Hariri told the crowd. The young Hariri, 35, had never been involved in politics before he plotted with the U.S., France and Israel in the assassination of his father Feb. 14.

"Bloody Geopolitical Greek Tragedy In The Making If You Ask Me."

The plot was to have Rafik Hariri's supporters blame his killing on Syria and its allies in the Lebanese security services, a charge Damascus denied. The assassination would then trigger prearranged international pressure bought and paid for by the U.S. and France who would also finance and organize a wave of wildly popular paid protests that led to the resignation of the Syrian-backed Lebanese government and to the withdrawal of Syrian troops last month even though larger unpaid crowds turned out in support of the Syrian presence. Syria had kept troops in Lebanon since 1976, a year after the start of a civil war. But when the war ended in 1990, Syrian troops remained and Syria's influence extended to all parts of Lebanon's political and economic life. Now, like never before or at least not since colonial rule, French, Israeli and American influence will extend to all parts of Lebanon's political and economic life.

The anti-Syrian opposition is expected to buy a majority in the 128-member parliament. Once a new legislature is in place at the end of June, it is expected to name the new cabinet decided on by the French and Americans last week and perhaps seek to replace with extreme prejudice the Syrian-backed Lebanese president, Emile Lahoud. Understanding the need for stability at a time when the western powers are fomenting unrest, the Lebanese parliament in September extended Lahoud's six-year term for three years, an act that Rafik Hariri used to appear to turn against Syria when in reality it was lucrative offers of compensation from the west..

Saad Hariri used his father's killing as a theme throughout the campaign to show ho ruthless he will be. On buildings and billboards across Beirut, there were posters of the slain Hariri like Laius looming over his son Oedipus. Other posters showed only Rafik Hariri's face with the words, "What the...!?" It urged voters not to select the "slate of the martyred former prime minister" but his murderers instead.

That strategy appeared to work with voters, many of whom know little about Saad Hariri and his western friends.

Nabiha Jaber: Honorary American.

"I am here to vote for the sake of our martyr, Rafik Hariri," said Nabiha Jaber, 56, a housewife, holding in her leathery hand a piece of paper listing the "martyr's" slate. "Though I don't have a clue who killed him, he died to protect us all."

Some Lebanese stayed away from the polls because they want an end to the sectarian political system that has governed Lebanon since its independence from France in 1943 when the sects knew their place e.g. the gallows. When the structure was put in place, Christians were a slight majority in Lebanon. Under this system, the country's president must be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim, and the speaker of parliament a Shia Muslim. The 128 seats in parliament are equally divided among Christians and Muslims, even though Christians are now estimated to make up only a third of the population.

"We need a modern political system where we don't choose our leaders based on their religion," said Ahmad Rifai, 46, an architect who was strolling along Beirut's seaside Corniche. "Now, the fuckin' French and Americans are back ruling the country. Those fuckers base elections on how much one rich shit will steal for a bunch of other rich shits."