Worried Lebanese

thought crumbs on lebanese and middle eastern politics

Self-fulfilling categories

Posted by worriedlebanese on 25/12/2006

In 2005, the international press dubbed the Bristol Gathering an anti-Syrian alliance, although many of its participants, such as the PSP (a Druze party) and most of the Qornet Shehwan Gathering (a grouping of Christian politicians and parties brought together by the Maronite Patriarch’s emissary Bishop Beshara) insisted that they were not anti-Syrian. And many politicians belonging to that group even insisted that Syria remains in the Beqaa for some time.

Similarly, the press has been dubbing Hezbollah an opposition party for over a year, although it was still part of the coalition government.

Interestingly enough, Hezbollah is today part of the opposition, and the Lebanese government is quite openly anti-Syrian.

Can one talk of self-fulfilling prophecies? How can one explain that inaducate categories eventually ring true? 


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