Friday, September 12, 2008

Slim pickings

Carlos Slim Helú, the richest or second richest man in the world, has taken some of the load off the Sulzberger family by buying a 6.4% stake in the New York Times Company. Don't worry: there is absolutely no chance of some truth slipping into the Times. Slim's of Lebanese descent, a Christian Maronite, and diaspora Maronites - one of the last group of true historical fascists in the world - consistently take an ultra-Zionist stance. Curiously, that view appears to be shifting in Lebanon itself, with some Maronites beginning to see that Israel is the real enemy - the never-ending obsession with stealing Lebanese land and water will result in never-ending Israeli attacks on Lebanon - and Hezbollah is the only real defense against losing the southern part of Lebanon to the thieves.