"Ma rahou" (they did not leave), this is how the Lebanese Forces headlined their annual mass ad this year (this is last year's version), try as I might I could not but detect a whiff of Fairouz. How come? Well, the diva has a song that goes "the dark days gave me faith that those who left they did not leave in vain" - which to me seems to be a missed opportunity to actually add in vain to the message. I actually also heared "they left in vain" is a refrain said by the mothers of those who died in the ranks of the Lebanese Forces considering the many different alignments the party took through years (a natural tactic of survival in Lebanon). Still, the ads of the Lebanese Forces have been consistent and come from the same source which lends them credibility and might.