so, today, the President and Prime Minister and the Minister of Tourism, and their entourage, went to Jeita to further promote…yes, the vote.
They gave a few short speeches afterwards. Sleiman, most interestingly, called for all Lebanese ‘not to vote for me, but to vote for Jeita.’
Well, uh, we don’t vote for him at all. He is chosen by th Parliament. Is he proposing a change in that system, or did he forget? I’m all for electing a president, and not leaving that to a group of people who are themselves unrepresentative.
He also encouraged all Lebanese, both those living in Lebanon and the expats, to vote… and to vote again.
Hmm… So, if this is a vote, why should anyone vote more than once? What kind of a vote is that? A skewed popularity contest, skewed against smaller populated countries, assuming all else are promoting their own superficial nationalism?
And, if the vote does not allow double voting, then why is the Pewident promoting ‘breaking the rules’?
And, if the vote does allow double voting, then why should our government promote something so problematic in structure?
More importantly, it takes much more than a vote for Jeita to be ‘green’, to be ‘supportive of the environment’.
If the government really is concerned about environmental protection, let it take a holistic examination. Environmental stewardship extends beyond promoting touristic places.
And as for tourism, want to promote tourism? Th big question is why? For whom? With what objective? To decrease poverty, or to make Lebanon ‘prettier’ to the foreign tourists?