In other words, here is a perfect idiot - like many of the sons of the other Lebanese politicians - who took the politician mantle for the single criterion that he once was a sperm in his father's gonads who fertilized an egg in his mother's ovary. This is, of course, not unique to the Lebanese system: Just look at George Bush, or Bilawal Bhutto (the 19-year old son of Pakistan's Benzir Bhutto). But the difference is that in Lebanon and the Arab world at large, this is almost an absolute rule, not an exception. Mubarak of Egypt is grooming his son Gamal, Syria's President Bashar Assad (the ultimate idiot ophtalomologist who was "voted" President because his father died), Mouammar Qaddafi's son Saif, etc. In Lebanon, this affliction is even more endemic, transcending religious and political party lines, and the political transfer happens almost instantaneously with the gonadal transfer of genes, without waiting for the paternal gene pool to die off or the progeny pool to prove it is viable or worth the transfer. In other words genes in Lebanon trump such other credentials as merit, competence, IQ, education or any such reasonably demanding criteria for political office.
The former Lebanese cretin President Emile Lahoud has not only passed the mantle on to his son, but he also named him Emile as well, like these American retards in Texas who create these dynasties of idiots carrying the same name for generations with the roman numerals I, II, III etc. suffixed to their names.
Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri is grooming his son Bassel (whom he named affectionately after the other son of Hafez Assad of Syria, Bassel, who would have been in Bashar's shoes today had he not died in a car accident on Syria's deadly desert highways) for a future lordship over the disgruntled, suicide-prone, dispossessed, disenfranchised, chronic liberationists, acutely resistance-inclined, eternally-victimized Shiites notwithstanding the millions they make from the hashish (in Lebanon) and diamond (in Africa) trades and the billions they receive in aid from Iran.
Hassan Nasrallah, divine prophet of Hezbollah, gave his son up in martyrdom long time ago, which means in this case that the gonadal transfer was quickly followed by a transfer to Paradise and the 70 virgins, which pre-empted the political transfer, which in fact may be a better deal when you really think of it: 70 virgins in heaven versus 1 million bearded and veiled Lebanese Shiites? I'd choose the former).
Amin Gemayel himself, the former total-failure Lebanese President, whose mandate among the hillbillies of the Maronite Christian mountain heartland is also divinely-descended, is an example where a single gonadal transfer was followed by four separate political transfers, each in the aftermath of a Grim Reaper transfer in the gene pool: Amin inherited his uncle Maurice's parliamentary seat upon Maurice's death circa 1972, his brother Bashir's presidency upon the latter's assassination by Hafez Assad in 1982, his father Pierre's leadership of the Phalange Kataeb Party in 1987 when his father passed away, and lately his own son Pierre's parliamentary seat in 2006 when his son was assassinated by the Syrians. If he keeps his health going, he may in fact, inherit his own grandchildren after the next Lebanese war in another generation or so.
Another God of the Lebanese Mafia pantheon who "suffered" a similar fate is Ghassan Tueni. After a political career including an ambassadorship at the UN in the 1970s, Mr. Tueni, who holds one of the virtual monopolies on the Lebanese Press through his newspaper the An-Nahar, has just recently inherited the same mantle he had bestowed on his own son Gibran, when the latter was assassinated by a Syrian car bomb in 2005. You see, in Lebanon, you have to be a member of the Press Mafia (the Press Syndicate) to be allowed to start a newspaper, and in order to be a member of the Press Syndicate, the Dons and Godfathers (like Ghassan Tueni) have to induct you into the Syndicate. Which means that the political-feudal-religious conglomerate that runs Lebanon also controls the press and public opinion. In this Mafia environment, each politician or one of his crony poodles has a newspaper and/or a television channel, and all public opinion in Lebanon is a charade of free speech since each of these media outlets is a mouthpiece for a politician or a religious group...). Ghassan Tueni is one such "representative" the Greek Orthobox Christians in Lebanon.
The list is long and I could go on and on with the Hariris, Jumblatts, Salams, Frangiehs, Chamouns, and yes - even reformist Michel Aoun himself is surrounded by a son-in-law and a nephew, who regardless of their competence or merit, are in the top echelons of the Free Patriotic Movement, simply because of their partial gonado-genetic connection to the patriarch Michel Aoun. I bet you if Lebanon was more advanced on women's rights, one of Michel Aoun's three daughters (he has no sons) would be running around in that top echelon and lining herself to inherit the political mantle. But eggs in Lebanon are still not as valued as sperm is. So it may be a while.
Back to what started this peregrination deep into what goes on in Lebanon's political Fallopian tubes and Vas Deferenses: Michel Mouawad. Here are some of the great ideas that this bud was pontificating about after the Doha Agreement:
March 14 General Secretariat member Michel Mouawad to LBC Television:
Mouawad: Our biggest compromise was to give the opposition the obstructing third. It was done because of our fear that civil war would bring down the project of March 14. (Smashing!)
Mouawad: Lebanon cannot be rebuilt as long as the state does not have exclusive control over weapons. (Far reaching!)
Mouawad: The primary mission of the president who will be elected on Sunday is to strengthen presidential authority and stretch it all over Lebanese soil.(Brilliant!)
Mouawad: The Lebanese army and security forces have proven incapable of defending the democratic system against illegitimate weapons.(Genius!)
Mouawad: The government’s decisions were politically correct, but the timing was wrong.(Acute Thinking!)
Mouawad: Hezbollah used its weapons against the inside when it invaded Beirut. The government’s decisions might have been a justification for its behavior, but they are not the primary reason. However, had the government not made these decisions, the party would have found another argument.( Sharp !)
Mouawad: The 1960 electoral law does not mean the caza. The basis of this law is the division of Beirut into three electoral district(s).(Beyond human intelligence!)
Lucky are the Lebanese for this lineup of current leaders, as well as the ones that are incubating today so one day in the future they will monopolize, pilfer, rob, kill, embezzle, massacre, receive divine inspiration, etc. over the lives of future generations of Lebanese.