Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Lebanese president at the UN

The Lebanese president is heading a delegation to attend the opening of the UN's session. The Lebanese media are covering his visit. It said that yesterday he met with the presidents of Albania, Cyprus, and Guinea. But it also added that he met President Obama "on the sidelines" of the UN meeting. You know what that means, don't you? Obama hosted a dinner for ALL presidents of delegations at the UN, and he greeted them all. So Obama shook hands with the smiling president of Lebanon. In Lebanese diplomatic mind, that counts as a meeting. Don't get me wrong: the trip by the president of Lebanon to the UN was worth it: I mean, Albania can really help Lebanon in solving its political and economic problems. In moments like this, you can only remember the words of the last Pope: Lebanon is more than a country; it is a joke.