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09 June 2009


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Thanks for the election coverage. Also, who are those two ladies ?

Leila Abu-Saba MacLeod

I must remind you that there are Lebanese Army commanders who are expert at serving tea.


Video images begin after the one minute mark. My classical Arabic stinks but I can say that the commentator drips sarcasm. Tea with or without sugar is about the only phrase I got.

Leila Abu-Saba MacLeod

I'm writing a novel set in a Christian village in South Lebanon, 1974. Just last week I wrote a scene in which the grandmother says "those girls in Beirut are all whores."


This is the sort of thing she was getting at. Remember that for every bikini-clad champagne swigger, there are twenty grandmothers swearing at their daughters who want to wear short skirts.

Patrick Lang


Then, by my experience, there are a great many grandmothers.


On the local scene these would be about a "6" and and a "6.5." pl


Although I am compelled to say that it is pretty retro, the ratings are accurate according to my friend who just returned from Beirut.

He was propositioned by a woman driving a convertible. I guess they're also desperate.

Unfortunately, I am also reminded of one of my greatest heroines, Cécile Hennion, reporter for Le Monde, who looked more Lebanese than a Lebanese. Nothing has been heard from her since she was attacked and maimed in Iraq. God go with her.


Colonel, this is off topic, but I'd really like to know what the complete destruction of the economic infrastructure or factories could mean from a military point of view.

Phil Weiss posted a video about this, he took in Gaza:



Any chances of an Iranian election thread? There's already a lot of news about it and predictions floating around. I'm pessimistic there's going to be a change.


Thanks Colonel,

Those numbers you give makes me think that perhaps a visit to Lebanon is in order. I always liked the idea of skiing in the morning and swimming in the afternoon.

Charles I

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The Bush compound in Maine celebrated Barbara Bush's birthday. Here are some pics:



"He was propositioned by a woman driving a convertible. I guess they're also desperate."

Why arbogast, do you think so highly of your friend that a woman would have to be desperate to proposition him?

Go sexually assertive, beautiful, intelligent and often multilingual Lebanese women!



I love your site and read it faithfully. Without a doubt, Middle Eastern women (omitting the Israelis) can be excruciatingly beautiful. I went to college here in DC with the Shah's Iranians in the 1970s and they literally would leave you gaping they were so beautiful.

That said, don't you think your female readers might find it just a little demeaning to post pictures of beautiful women and then assign number ratings to them even if you are trying to talk up their beauty?

Am I being overly sensitive?

That said, I do approve of posting pictures of beautiful Middle Eastern women as I feel it helps smash through the prejudices of the thick-headed people in this country.

Patrick Lang


You have to remember that I am of the brutal and insensitive soldiery. pl



There may be hope for you as evidenced by the fact that you posted my comment. Carry on.

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