Talk:Bachir Gemayel

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I moved this page from BASHIR GEMAYEL. I am aware that in many English language publications his first name is spelt BASHIR, but every official document that I have been able to find uses the French spelling, BACHIR. Moreover, even the English language website of the Bachir Gemayel Foundation, run by his widow, uses the French spelling. I don't think we should anglicize the spelling, any more than we anglicize the spelling of French names. Davidcannon 22:09, 14 Mar 2004 (UTC)

NPOV[edit]

This article is not NPOV. It is a direct copy of http://www.lebanese-forces.org/bach/biography.htm

John Ball

I am aware that much of the information in the article is derived from the source you cited. That does not make it a "direct copy" (when I found the article, I did my best to rewrite it to the extent of de-plagiarizing it). Nor does it necessarily make it non-NPOV. NPOV simply means statement of facts, rather than interpretation of facts. All the article does is state historical details about Bachir Gemayel's political and military career. Now, can you provide sources to disprove the factual accuracy of anything in the article? You would probably call the source on which much of the article is based, POV, and I would be inclined to agree with you. Just because information is derived from a POV source, however, does not make the information POV. Facts are never POV. Interpretations of facts are. As far as I can gather, the historical facts presented in the article are not contradicted by any other source. Whatever spin on those facts you may have found in the source article is not to be found in this article. David Cannon 11:34, 12 Jul 2004 (UTC)
Many of the articles relating to Lebanon are drawn from right wing Christian sources. There is a lack of balance. It's not that facts are wrong, it's that there are other facts which are omitted. John Ball 23/07/04
The article says year prior to that, in 1970, he had been briefly kidnapped by Palestinian militants, in an incident that may have influenced his later hostility to the Palestinian cause
I don't think he was hostile the Palestinian cause (definitely to the palestinians who were living in Lebanon but it's slightly different). He was definitely against the palestinian cause/presence in Lebanon (well that's a secret ;). Same for Camille Chamoun who was cynically for the palestinian cause OUTSIDE Lebanon because he hoped that it would allow palestinians to leave Lebanon one day. As for Bechir alliance with Israel, it was a pragmatic one (and, at the beginning a secret alliance), not an ideological one such as Etienne Saqr
As Etienne states the above quote is pure speculation. Anti-Palestinian policies were a part of Kataeb's image, and Bashir was likely stooped in these policies even before being kidnapped by Palestinian commandos. The section should be edited so as to reflect Kataeb views, not speculate regarding Bashir's possible personal issues with "Palestinians" (whatever that is supposed to mean in the context of so many Palestinian groups being found in Lebanion)Also, there must be a separation of issues; the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian presence in Lebanon are two completely different things. Raffeman 09:21, 18 June.

David Cannon, could you explain the section on Bashir's (Bachir) assassination? I believe Shartouni was indeed apprehended and confessed to the crime; that's how they knew he did it. Could you cite some sources that says otherwise so we can straighten this out? --64.231.226.200 01:33, 6 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Most sources would agree that Bashir was assassinated by the SSNP, probably on Syria's orders Raffeman 09:21, 18 June
Bachir did not agree to continued Israeli occupation - the statement that "Even after they kept pressuring him, Bachir refused to immediately give Israel peace" is not an accurate summary of the actual position, and very POV.203.184.41.226 (talk) 04:29, 5 August 2012 (UTC)

The Article[edit]

There are many issues with this article. I have little respect for Gemayel and am negatively biased against him, so I am not a candidate for this job. I am hoping that someone who's neutral will take this task upon himself because the article is almost entirely unsubstantiated. Shaque 13:17, 11 July 2007

This entry is filled with untruths, half-truths, distortions, omissions, and misrepresentations, as well as being written favorably towards Gemayel. I have no respect for Gemayel and therefore cannot participate in an unbiased piece about him. Those who contributed to the current piece, as of this date, are most certainly prejudiced in Gemayel's favor. An article should not present the any personal opinions, as this one certainly does. Wikipedia should only contain verifiable facts, not untruths, half-truths, distortions, omissions, and/or misrepresentations. I would have preferred a page with no information to this page with misleading propaganda. Gemayel's true story is not told and that is a shame. Go on-line and read news articles, journalists's blogs, read books, watch the Israeli film "Waltz With Bashir." The truth is right there and it is NOT on wiki. BelleCBelle 9:50 p.m., May 9, 2014

Gemayel and Israel[edit]

I would like to refute the following sentence in the article:

Although Gemayel did not cooperate with the Israelis publicly, his long history of tactical collaboration with Israel, whether real or suspected, counted against him in the eyes of many Lebanese Muslims.

Collaboration with Israel is very generally admitted even by the LF. I personally know LF who were trained in Israel and my cousin who was an LF (he disapproved a lot of LF policies but serving was mandatory for young Christians at one time) was evacuated by Israeli ships from the chouf in 1983 (an episode that left bitter memories toward Israel as the Israeli brutally withdrew in a couple of day and left the LF lines defenceless ).

If you want written evidence about Israeli/LF collaboration, you can always read the Kahan Report on Sabra and Chatila (it’s negative biased toward LF but this is not the point). You can also read Sharon’s autobiography (you’ll find it in any University Library). You'll get a pretty good picture of LF mentality if you go to this forum CLICK HERE. I am not validating its content, I am only providing it as evidence.

Now something that is disputed is if that collaboration was ideological or pragmatic. LF opponents (Baath, PSNS) claim that they were Israeli agents while LF claim they were using the Israelis to promote their agenda. I would say each party was trying to use the other (more evidence below). It means that LF-Israelis alliance was pragmatic since Bachir tried to kept it secret at the beginning (contrarily to the guardians of cedar who were open about it and ideologically advocated an alliance with Israel).

Fact is that Hobeika tried to dismiss that alliance after 1985 which shows that the ties were not ideological in nature and that the LF would forget about Israel if they believe it was their interest to do so. He was dismissed because he tried to sign an agreement with Syria, not because he weakened that alliance. At the end of the 80’s, the alliance with Irak was more important than the alliance with Israel as most weapons were provided by Saddam, a Baathist who was anti-Syrian in practice but who wanted to built a greater Syria (in theory at least) (which shows that the LF were pragmatic). My opinion is that Israel is truly sympathetic to LF and vice-versa because they see each other as victim of muslim/palestinians terrorism (if this is true is another issue). But each party has a different agenda and none is ready to put the other’s guy objective above his own.

To be short about LF-Israeli relations: tactical collaboration is a fact. Strategic collaboration is an issue.

--equitor 15:16, 4 May 2005 (UTC)

I would have to agree with the above statement. It is quite clear that the LF collaborated with Israel; it has been stated by the group itself and most books that deal with the Lebanese Civil War will say so, with good sources. In the case of Gemayel there are shifting lines of collaboration. After becoming the president-elect, with Israeli acceptance and wishes for this to happen, Bashir however kept a low profile. He himself had no open or very clear collaboration with Israel after this point, although he did before. That sentence should be changed, alternatively the entire topic should be problematised and discussed. AS Equitor states there is also the issue of tactical and strategic collaboration, and it should also be stated that the LF shifted its alliances (as did all Lebanese militias) to suit their own interests.--Raffeman —Preceding unsigned comment added by Raffeman (talkcontribs) 07:18, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

Attempt to kidnap Tony Frangieh[edit]

The attempt is acknowledged by Josheph Abu-Khalil and Karim Bakradouni. Please check both their accounts on the incident in this documentry (Jump to 26:48)

I even chose not to include Karim Bakradouni's implies that Bachir expected a massacre. WisamFarouk (talk) 01:52, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

I don't know much on this subject, but it may make more sense to identify who exactly says that Gemayel sent Geagea to kidnap Frangieh, something like "Joseph Abu-Khalil and Karim Bakradouni, two Phalangist leaders, said that Bachir sent a Phalangist squad led by Samir Geagea to kidnap Tony Frangieh, the commander of Marada Brigade." (I don't know that they were Phalangist leaders, but you can put some credentials in there for why their statements are important) If this is something that isn't widely reported in the news, sometimes it helps the neutrality to identify which groups or individuals state these things. ← George [talk] 02:06, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
It is a widely reported incident. Your suggested wording sounds well toned and referenced but implies that the "claims" are exclusive to both figures while in fact they are widely reported. Anyway, if a dispute arises that needs resolution, your wording would be a fine with me. WisamFarouk (talk) 02:31, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

NPOV tagging[edit]

While I can't speak for the other sections of this article, those concerned with Bachir's policies appear to have been lifted whole sale from a single source here. These might do with some trimming and citing from other sources. WikiuserNI (talk) 21:15, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

Use of term "sheikh"[edit]

The term "sheikh" is used throughout the article to denote its subject. However, the term is "a honorific term in the Arabic language" that means "scholar" and is commonly used to designate a "revered wise man". It is inappropriate, from a neutrality aspect to use such terms. They should be deleted.-The Gnome (talk) 12:26, 7 March 2011 (UTC)

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Shammar Tribe?[edit]

Bachir Gamayel is described as a "Christian tribe" in the Shammar article (here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shammar#Main_sections). I feel this claim is very unlikely - a tribe cannot be named after such a recent person, and I see no evidence of Bachir Gmayel's Bedouin ancesty - let alone one that hails specifically from the Qhatanites of Tayy/Shammar. I would really appreciate if someone can provide any evidence to corroborate the claim (if true), or I will remove the section from the Shammar article. Many thanks.

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