|Artwork by Tarek Chemaly|
Interestingly, people from all over the world are reaching out to me with the question "what is happening to your Prime Minister?" - it is difficult to answer such a question so I always reply "my theory is...." since truth be told, no one seems to know anything, no one seems to be basing their assessment on hard facts. I have personally heard, and read no less than half a dozen versions as to the wherabouts of Saad Hariri - our current Prime Minister (apparently he is still so, because one cannot resign from such a post just from TV, it is unconstitutional).
But here's the oddity, in his absence Hariri managed to do what he never did in his absence: Unify the political factions demanding his safe return - I guess "safe" is the issue here, after all, no one wants anyone to harm him but themselves (where's the fun in that?).
Seriously though, for a figure that never achieved the charisma or had the unifying factor that comes with their aura, for everyone to be so "concerned" about him is nothing short of miraculous. It is the same guy that ended up where he is because he is "son of" and who during two tenures could not solve (unsolvable) problems, who was part of the local political machinations (not accusing him, everyone else in Lebanese politics is!), and who basically was - well - a politician with shifting alliances a la 1984 (again not accusing him of anything, now everyone wants him back).
I got this joke via whatsapp this morning, from someone who is not exactly a Hariri fan but who seems concerned about his whereabouts anyhow.