Across the Bay

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Introducing "The Samis"

I was going to post links and comments on a number of good pieces on the developments with Syria, as well as my own latest piece, but that will have to wait. There are more pressing items.

I am introducing a new feature on this blog: The Sami Moubayed Awards for most hilarious comment, known worldwide as "The Samis." Although not particularly about the King of Comedy himself, we would be paying tribute to the comedic genius of the man by recognizing and highlighting absurdly hysterical comments in the vein of that classic regime comedy which Sami has come to personify. Who can forget such classics as "Syria helped release the 15 British hostages," or the all-time favorite, "When all this is done, Syria would be willing to open its arms to Abu Hussein, receiving him perhaps as a guest of honor in Damascus, the way it did with Jimmy Carter"? Moments of pure gold in comedy history, all thanks to the work of a single, inimitable regime clown.

I have a bunch ready to roll, and I will be posting them in succession. But I figured, since we're talking about clowns, where better to start than with the top regime Court Jester?

Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for tonight's Sami Award winner, The Oklahoma Tishreen, for the most Samiesque of all comedy lines:

In addition to gaining greater co-operation on Iraq, Washington will also want Syria to accommodate Lebanon’s interests. This should not be an impossible task. Syria has already opened an embassy in Beirut, and the appointment of a Syrian ambassador is imminent. During the 1990s, Washington and Damascus found an agreement on Lebanon that allowed the country to rebuild its economy and repair the sectarian divisions that had all but destroyed it during two decades of civil war. Damascus has every interest in a prosperous Lebanon. The co-operation over Lebanon that marked the presidencies of George HW Bush and Bill Clinton can be resumed. Hizbollah’s refusal to be drawn into the Gaza conflict this January may indicate that it is more interested in becoming a contender in upcoming parliamentary elections and in the delicate political life of Lebanon than in fighting regional wars.