KL911 and CRJmx: Lebanon isn't a poor country. It may have a phenomenal national debt, but it has the most banks and
the most plastic surgeons relative to it's population - in the world. Two pretty interesting barometers. There are slums and Palestinian refugees but it doesn't feel poor, Beirut is rammed with posh high rise apartments and you're nothing if you don't drive a BMW or a Merc. And it is a democracy.
Rafiq Hariri is a billionaire thanks to his previous life in property and construction in Saudi. None of his wealth is a result of being the Lebanese PM
, indeed he is PM
because his personal fortune makes him incorruptable. I'm not even sure if he draws a wage as PM
. To compare him to Saddam or make out that Lebanon is some kind of third world dictatorship shows considerable ignorance.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz