Monday, June 13, 2005


Ah General...

I am no expert on tactical maneuvers and have no military training, but having watched a lot of war movies and battle documentaries I thought that I had pretty much seen it all before.

That was before you returned to Lebanon!

What I saw you perform yesterday rewrites the text book on waging war. Your approach is so innovative & so deftly executed that I cannot but stand in ovation. What a brilliant mind!

From this day forth it will be known as the Aoun maneuver, or 'Aoun'-ever for short.

I will delineate now the deceptively simple gist of your tactic, and you can refer to the figure on the right to see how it compares:

  1. Present your forces at the battlefield with your allies
  2. March forward together but keep your distance
  3. Just before the clash, outflank your allies cutting them off from your opponents
  4. Perform a full-frontal attack on your stunned brothers-in-arms
  5. Your opponents no longer need to engage as there is nobody to fight
  6. Claim victory
Pure genius!

I congratulate you with all my heart.
We no longer need to fear the enemy.
We can now only fear you....

Freedom Fighter
March 14th Brigade


Blogger Charles Malik said...

You know, your "Aoun-euver" was actually one of the most common military tactics prior to the modern era of combat.
You could never trust your allies on the battlefield to remain with you. Groups traded sides because they thought the other would win, they were paid, or they were somehow offended by their ally. Battles were one, primarily, by making sure that your people stayed on your side while also convincing the others to join.
I was a muarada skeptic from the start. I hate Aoun's allies, but I like it that he took on the muarada, which I do not believe had much to offer in terms of changing Lebanon drastically.
Now, what Aoun offers I have no idea. He will add excitement, but I worry that we will be left in a precarious position.

11:58 PM, June 13, 2005  
Anonymous ghinwa said...

i just don't get it with u lebanese. u just never understand from your mistakes. so now just because Aoun is presenting u with a "CHOICE" other than this lovable bunch who's been ruling this country to the ground, u start attacking him in very uncreative and poorly conducted ways. it's so disgusting really

12:16 AM, June 14, 2005  
Blogger Eve said...

Sorry to have caused disgust Ghinwa! ma32oul heik ya Ramzi? next time, attack him with creative ways! :p

9:31 AM, June 14, 2005  
Blogger Ramzi said...

( & Eve, I will get to you in a sec)

My dear Ghinwa,
We Lebanese?! You think commenting on my blog is like addressing the Lebanese people? That's a little over-ambitious!
I demand freedom of choice, and protested in Freedom Sq. precisely for that right. Aoun made his choices and I portrayed them in a sarcastic way. I am not attacking him here or anywhere else on my blog precisely because I want to avoid angry, bigotted comments like yours.

If you want to debate politics with a disgusting ignorant Lebanese like myself then send me an email. Come prepared. I have a lot to say and I'm itching to go...

You seem to know a lot about this and I stand corrected. How does one go about researching battle tactics?
As for the politics, I agree with you. But there is something so profoundly incomprehensible about his choice of allies and foes in this latest round.

3ajabik? I even made a figure and everything. I don't get more creative than this. She should use her imagination tayyeb. Or wait until they release "Aoun - The Musical".

11:51 AM, June 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually I fear the fiefdom that Hariri/jumblatt/hezbollah/amal turned lebanon into. I fear their monopoly and their crushing any attempts to change the status quo in Lebanon. Why can't you respect the people's decision in Jabal and instead of whining about it, probably you can do yourself a favor and ponder why your multi-billionaire friend Saad Hariri and his landlord flip flopping friend lost to a group of youth who follow an aging man who campaign by spending from their own pockets.

1:18 PM, June 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Jumblat Quornet shehwan & co lost that particular battle a few hours before Aoun came back to Lebanon.
Remember how many of the people felt betrayed when the "mou3arada" let the unfair electoral law of 2000 pass because it allowed Jumblat, Hariri, Berri & Hizbollah to get absolute power, well maybe you forgot, but most of the people casting their votes did not forget.
Maybe that's the 1.5 step missing in your otherwise creative graph :-)

My own wish would have been for Aoun to get less seats in Mets/kesrwan (so he pays the price of his unforgivable alliance with Murr) and get more seats in Baabda Aley so Jumblat pays the price of his arrogance while dealing with this whole issue.

Allas the people decided otherwise more powre to them!


4:13 PM, June 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

> ... so profoundly incomprehensible about his choice of allies and foes in this latest round.

Ramzi although I do not necessarely agree with what he did I can easily understand it.

If you want I can try to explain my reasonning wich requires no conspiracy theories and no taking someone'd word over someone elses.

4:35 PM, June 14, 2005  
Anonymous ghinwa said...

my dearest Ramzi,
i wasnt addressing the LEBANESE community coz we both know that your blog isnt that popular! and you say u demand freedom, but it seems like you have a poor understanding of the concept, coz freedom is accepting the other point of view without judging it, especially if one isnt qualified to do so.

10:59 PM, June 14, 2005  
Blogger Ramzi said...

Sigh... I thought I made it clear, Ghinwa, that I do not wish to debate you here. I am very aware of how popular or not my blog is and I am very happy with it just the way it is. I was referring to your first sentence " i just don't get it with u lebanese."

For anyone else who has as weak a grasp on what the term "sarcasm" is, let me make it clear.


I am just saying it as it is. Did he or did he not ally with Mr.Murr, and today Franjieh + Karami?!
And what's with all this Hariri/Jumblat business? I was refering to Qornet Chehwen. As far as I recall, H/J got all their candidates elected. Lighten up!

Damn it, I can't even state the facts without getting all Aounists all fussed and bothered?! Where is MY freedom of speech?!

My advice: Do a little dance, make a little love & get down tonight.If you want to defend the General, there are a lot of blogs that attack him. Go do it THERE!

12:20 AM, June 15, 2005  
Blogger Tempest said...

Ghinwa... my dear Ghinwa...

freedom is NOT accepting others' point of views without judging. Freedom is the ability to judge whomever you wish, whenever you wish...

Aoun doesn't want that, what he is trying to instill the same ideology that works so well for hizballah: you can talk all you want, but never criticize me, my actions, or my words... otherwise you're (anti-freedom, or a zionist...respectively)...

Aoun is free to say/do whatever he wants... here's where I have an issue with him: If he wants to be a politician, he must accept scrutiny. He stepped down from his pedestal the moment he allied himself with corrupt politicians for the purpose of gaining parliamentary seats, he NO LONGER has the right to pass judgement as if he were the messiah reincarnated.

That is a freedom of speech. Us Lebanese... phewww...

5:41 AM, June 15, 2005  
Blogger Eve said...

Some of us just don't consider Aoun as God. Some of us can't process how is it that the same person who used to call for the withdrawal of Syria is now their new ally. Some of us can't forget times when Aoun used to bombard their houses (regardless that he is not the only warlord in the political arena today). So, excuse "some of us" for our humble opinion, which you will freely accept, because you have such a clear understanding of the concept of freedom.

Anyway, time will tell what Aoun's next step will be. So, we'll see.
Oh and Ramzi, multi-billionaire Saad is your friend? leish ma bte7keh ya zalameh? Now your blog will be really popular! :p

12:11 PM, June 15, 2005  
Blogger Hisham said...

I would just like to point out that the vast majority of the Kesrouan, Metn, Baabda, and Zahle areas think that it was Aoun who was betrayed and not the opposite. Maybe you should call that maneuver: "The Anti-Aoun_Euver". :) I know Aoun's favorite song at this point is: "kalam el nass, la bi addem, wala y2akhar, kalam el nass di 7assra w ghira moush aktar..." or maybe "We are the champions" then again I think it would be "Aounak jayyi min Allah"...

10:08 PM, June 15, 2005  
Blogger Ramzi said...

I thought I made it clear I dislike this debate-by-comment thing. But if that is your wish, so be it.

I have no doubt that Aounists feel like they were betrayed in these elections. After all, Hariri, Jumblatt, Qornet Chehwen, Syria, the arab world, France, Germany, the U.S., the whole world want to destroy Aounists... except maybe for Botswana. This paranoid psychology of "everyone is against us" is the main thing that rallies people around him.

Couple that with the idea that everybody is a corrupt criminal except Aoun and his supporters (even if that includes Michael El-Murr!!!) and you have the perfect recipe for voter loyalty.

Alas that does not build a nation, that does not bring reform and that does not establish dialogue. What kind of cooperation can Aoun expect after the elections having labelled everyone running against him as scum? The same cooperation that George Bush got with his "you're either with us or against us" phiolosophy.

You can sing whatever song you like. I know that on March 14th and in my heart I always sing "Kollana lil watan, lil ola lil alam". Kollana. Not just Aounitsts.

1:07 AM, June 16, 2005  
Blogger Hisham said...

so you have participated in a demonstration?!?!?! well surely now you were the cause of the Syrians leaving Beirut then... Sheikh Ramzi kint illna min zamen... ma kinna 3arfinak mou7arrer el umme el 3arabie...

I said that the Lebanese people (at least in the areas that voted last Sunday) felt betrayed... and yes by Jumblatt, Kornet Chehwan, etc... and I think the elections speak for themselves...

Murr, Franjieh, Irslan, and Karameh are all somebodies, regardless if you like them or not, and they are allied to Aoun, the reason being: they did not assume a role that they do not belong to...
but... but... they participated on March 14th, just like you... WOUHOUUUUUUUUUUUUU... ummm... I wonder what Y'ALL were doing in the past 15 years!?!

1:30 AM, June 16, 2005  
Blogger Ramzi said...

Oh grow up!
You really want to compare patriotism?!

Refer to my new post and give it a rest...

9:39 AM, June 16, 2005  
Anonymous Imad said...

Hisham, I am from Jbeil and a close relative to Shamil Mozaya, and I can tell you that G Aoun is the most dangerous deceiver I had ever known, I am no more Aouni, and I feel cheated ,abused and my vote has gone to hezb allah without my approval

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