Abou Jamra wrote: Mekhael Fraha Azzi: Don Vito. Wealthy banker and land owner, too busy at Bloom Bank, by the time he has retired he will be too old to head the council. Better serving out his days playing cards at Jamil’s. Mekhael no but his son Yes. Which son? Definitely not the LFer.
Would Abou Jamra vote for him? Depends on his program and vision for Jieh. How can he benefit me and the village? My dad might vote for him because he is from beit chahine my mum might also vote for him because his wife (mekhael that is) is from beit mkhaiber. Add to that his house is not far from mine. Al zefet bado yousal lal rkeb.
John Emile Azzi: Too busy running his schools and there could be a conflict of interest as he has expressed interest in opening a nursing home in Jieh. Well qualified but not a serious contender and doesn’t have the financial power to counter the Mekhael Farha or George Nader empire. Mums uncles son.
Dr Nassif Azzi: Over qualified better suited as government minister. He is the King maker and he has no interest in been king. Could be an obstacle to Mekhael Farha if Mekhael were to contest.
Mounir Boustani: Azzi’s will not vote for a Boustani, simple as that.
Fayez Azzi: Are you serious? No chance. Send him to Jadra.
Victor Azzi: Serious contender. However his fear is failure, therefore he will never contest. Too controversial and no relations with Nabe Younis.
Francois Azzi: Will win if he contests. He is the people’s candidate. But convincing him to run is near impossible.
You were too harsh on fayez. He is a fine leader and no one either from jieh or from anywhere else did more for us than fayez. I might not agree with some of his political views, but I have to look at the big picture. Perhaps you should rethink continuing these thoughts about your own people, call it (jib), and promoting bad feelings about other families (that goes both ways) (mounir is not a boustani, cousin, you missed two, sorry) I wouldn’t dare to name a boustani (if I wanted to name one, he would be joseph) guess which one? If we go with the idea that ‘this is what we inherited from our ancestors, and we are doing a fine job with it’ (no children should hear this), then future of our jieh is sad indeed. if we are going to look at jieh as whole and continue the life of isolation as a means of survival (ajbab), like any town anywhere in the middle-east, our town will be at a stand still with no future. the suffering ‘jbabs’ (when they left town they did not say I’m from this or that jib or this or that family) did not learn anything from what they went through. your jib and my jib and the other (jbabs) will end up in different parts of Lebanon, if not the world, as they are now. and jieh will be for someone else, as it has become. Appreciate what we have and make it better (change the politician or make him reform himself). take the initiative and plant the seed of trust. work together and have that vision of unity with other (jbabs) or with boustanis in the name of jieh, and give thanks and praise to fayez. without him, none of us will be visiting jieh, much less living in it.