I must say, despite the fact that Mrs. Bouthaina Chaaban “forgot” to mention the brutal and oppressive and repressive measures of the Ba’ath regime in Lebanon, in addition to its decades-long occupation (this reference ought to please the nationalist “Marxists” out there who believe in national borders and integrity and divine inviolability thereof), she was quite eloquent and convincing on BBC’s HARDtalk yesterday. I am impressed, especially given the incompetence of Lebanese politicians in that regard. I must add that I gasped on a number of occasions at the terminology that Mr. Sackur used in referring to some domestic (Lebanese) and regional actors, and the manner in which he kept putting words into Mrs. Chaaban’s mouth. Of course, Mrs. Chaaban was aware of this, and pointed out on a number of occasions that she did not say what he claimed she said. The questions he posed to her were rather silly to be honest. At one point he mentioned the entry of “insurgents” from Syria into Iraq, and she grinned, pointing out that it was the U.S that was standing on the opposite side of the border which the “insurgents” were allegedly crossing. Another question was about UN SCR 1701, and Syria’s compliance with it (in terms of alleged weapons smuggling), and here she was quick to ask why Israel was in violation of UN SCR 242 (and I think she also mentioned 497), and if UN resolutions were only for Arabs to abide by? It was quite entertaining. I wish I could find a transcript of the interview.