According to Mental Mayhem’s opinion poll results, the majority of voters on this blog endorse Marwan Barhghuti for Palestinain president. I hate to disappoint you ladies and gentlemen, but Barghuthi is now out of the race.
Still on the issue of polls. I have added a new one inspired by our friends, the Iranians, who hate our guts 😉 Here is the vote:
How do you refer to the Gulf?
- The Arabain Gulf
- The Persian Gulf
- Just the Gulf
Make your voice heard! The vote is in the upper left corner of this blog.
I don’t think Hanan Ashrawi will ever be elected to lead the Palestinians, first because she is a woman, second because she is Christian. She simply won’t be accpeted. Sad, but true.
Omar Masry mentioned Hanan Ashrawi, I think tongue in cheek. Anyone heard anything to back it up?
Yes, Barghouti dropped out. I am very disappointed in this. It seems like once again, the Palestinian “election” has been fixed behind the scenes to include only one real candidate, which a is a real shame. I posted a good deal about this at Friends of Micronesia and don’t want to rehash, but just last week the Daily Star was editorializing how great this was that there were two real candidates, and now poof, the illusion is gone.
Well Amir I’m not really an expert on the Palestinian elections and I’m not even a Palestinian so I can’t speak for the people. But from the analysis that I read, it seems that Barghuti is more respected among the armed factions than Abbas, thus somehow he will be able to gain their trust and prevent civil unrest.
Linda, yes Barghuti is now officially out of the race
Didn’t Barghouti drop out?
Addendum for what it is worth someone has uncovered a number of people who serve public office from jail (though none is a head of state(?)).
I wonder if you could explain the logic behind this to me. It doesn’t seem like anyone could really unite the Palestinians. Is Barghouti, a Fatah leader, really going to be able to gain respect and control over Hamas members. Is he even going to be able to assert control in Gaza? You would have to be pretty darn charismatic to unite all the Palestinian factions (much more so all Palestinian society) for anything. It doesn’t seem like people there are going to give up their power just because a new guy is poplular.
But assuming unity was possible, why would Barghouti by uniquely qualified to impose it?
Well, I personally voted for Abbas, but many believe Barghuti is the only one who can unite the Palestinians.
I’d be interested in hearing why people voted for Barghouti. Seems like running a, well whatever the PA is, from jail would be rather difficult.
Oh no! Well if the Barghuthi outcome is an indication, I shouldn’t rely on the sound judgment of this weblog’s audience! You may notice an unexpected surge in the number of visitors to this page in the next few days… 😉
Herby, I start my campaign to keep the gulf Persian. We start by the standard-issued patriotic song about the Gulf, which is duly titled Khalij.
We then proceed to an adrenalin boosting song, a tribute to our compatriots living on the shores of the Persian Gulf. Named after the fine ladies of Abadan, Dokhtar Abadani.
Then, there is the screening of the latest flash animation on the National Geographic fiasco, The Persian Gulf Show. Crafted masterfully by the good folks over at Radcom.
Finally, there is a recitation of a poem by Mowlavi to appease the artistic sense of our audience. Andak Andak, as performed true to the traditional style of Iranian music.
Now I urge everyone to vote according to their conscious, which after being exposed to our carefully picked programme must point rightfully to the only correct option, the Persian Gulf.