Sunday, August 27, 2006
You cannot teach a donkey to play the piano!
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The incompetence of the Baath Party and Assad clan is legendary. Here it is, in the above chart, for all to see.
Average income in Syria has barely moved in the last 24 years, despite the oil wealth. By contrast, our Jordanian and Lebanese neighbours, who hardly have any natural resources, use only their brains to scratch a living. Jordan's average income has been growing for 14 years. Lebanon's has more than doubled over the same period despite Syrian meddling in its affairs.
What is Syria's excuse? Security? Wars? Eathquakes? Famine?
Is it not obvious that the economy and people of Syria have been left to rot for decades while their rulers have been enjoying power and fortune?
What will they do when the oil runs out in a few years time? Will they give up and leave us alone or will they try to pinch our last remaing pennies? Will they learn to do better or are they really like the proverbial donkey whose brains are too small and hooves too big to play the piano?
You get no prizes for guessing the right answers.