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    "Top blog/Renato Obeid's World/Today's pick: This rambling weblog is worth reading not so much for its satirical posts but more for its insight into the minutiae of life in Lebanon, including the etiquette of road accidents and how to hire a taxi.” -Jane Perrone, The Guardian

    Saturday, March 10, 2007  
    In an instant message exchange, an Australian friend of mine asked me whether there had been any more suicide bombings in this part of the world.
    I replied that there hadn’t been but that I was seriously considering it.
    He said that I shouldn’t rush into things because it is a permanent career movie.
    I agreed but pointed out that the fringe benefits are out of this world.
    Which got me thinking about the fine print.
    If you kill the wrong person does it still count, do you still get the 72 Virgin Megastores in paradise etc?
    Apparently the suicide bomber in the Hariri assassination was an Iraqi who was told that he was targeting the then Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.
    Allawi, who had recently been on a visit to Lebanon, had already left the country but suicide bombers are not the smartest people in the world, besides you’re not going to read the newspapers so keenly if you know you’re going to die soon (you’re certainly not going to read the long-range weather forecast for example).
    Still, he should have read the newspapers unless he’d already cancelled his subscription.
    Is it success that counts or is it intentions?
    I think it’s the later – after all, the road to hell is paved with good intentions as they say.

    2:30 pm

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