Thursday, March 15, 2007

Running scared

It is difficult to explain the recent behavior of the lower house of parliament in ways other than fear. After failing to pressure the government into extending the life of the house, they passed the municipalities law that allowed them to run for municipal councils as well as the parliament (the senate overturned this). Obviously, they wanted to hedge their bets.

Then, they passed the press law, and yesterday the passed a new political parties’ law, which requires parties to have 500 founding members. This will threaten the existence of many of the existing political parties that are too small to fulfill this requirement.

It seems that the MP’s want to be immune from criticism (the press law), and don’t want to deal with the threat posed by organized political parties in the elections. Obviously, they hope to sabotage political reform so that they can get reelected during the upcoming elections under the old rules that are favorable to them.

The problem is that predators become more vicious when they sense fear.

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At 5:59 AM, Blogger Mohanned Al-arabiat said...

couldn't agree more..Thats why educatioin and free press is the only soloution to our salvation.

 
At 10:37 AM, Blogger Khalaf said...

"Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual."

--Thomas Jefferson to Isaac H. Tiffany, 1819.

 
At 11:41 PM, Blogger Mohanned Al-arabiat said...

My jaws dropped at first, guess why?
I thought you wrote these words, then I realized the sad truth:)

These words are from gold..

 

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