Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Lebanese media

Interesting report on the BBC World Service this morning: the 2 main non-state run TV channels in Lebanon, which usually provide light entertainment have been carrying continuous coverage of the political crisis. One of them was owned by the murdered Rafik Hariri, by the way. These are seen throughout the rest of the Arab world, as are al Jazeera and al Arabya. Mr Hariri also had a stake in the latter.

Chomsky in 'The Logic of Withdrawal' (see, P216-7) quotes Bernard Fall quoting a Vietnamese remarking to an American general, 'but aren't your victories coming closer and closer to Saigon?' The Vietnamese must have been well read in Proust where someone remarks that French victories are coming closer and closer to Paris (in the First World War - Le temps retrouvé).


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