Michael Young Gets Results!


A mere five hours ago Reason's Michael Young delivered a tongue-lashing to Hassan al-Sabaa, the Lebanese interior minister who failed to protect the Danish embassy in Young's 'hood. An hour ago Sabaa resigned. Coincidence? I think not.

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  1. Lmao. It would be nice to think H&R had enough influence to get morons or incompetents from office.

    That said, you never know. Maybe someone in the Lebanese government (whatever version of their intelligence service perhaps? Or someone googling?) read his post, with or without the thread that followed, not to mention the thread’s inauspicious start. Then the post got forwarded to people who were enemies of the interior minister?


    “Don’t listed to Hassan i Sabbah,” they will tell you. “He wants to take your body and all pleasures of the body away from you. Listen to us. We are serving The Garden of Delights Immortality Cosmic Consciousness The Best Ever In Drug Kicks. And love love love in slop buckets. How does that sound to you boys? Better than Hassan i Sabbah and his cold windy bodiless rock? Right?”

  3. Is Michael planning an article on John Walters anytime soon?

  4. Young is simply the best analyst on Lebanon and one of the best in the Middle East.

  5. Michael Young, if you could call for DEA Administrator Karen Tandy to resign I’d be most appreciative. Ditto for whoever is in charge of Medicare.

    Then there’s Rick Santorum, Teddy Kennedy, James Sensenbrenner, Dianne Feinstein, Tom Tancredo, and Robert Byrd. And a bunch of others.

  6. Young is a great analyst of the middle east — but notice he stayed in his apartment and didn’t go to get the story — so he’s certainly not the best journalist. Robert Fisk was in his apartment a couple hundred metres from the Hariri bombing and was on the street in about a minute to get the scoop and watch security forces picking up evidence and putting it in their pockets.

    Perhaps the diffference between good middle east journalists and analyst is the willingness to leave the safety of ones home.

    btw I don’t mean this as a snub of Young, I like the guy, and I’d stay in my home too, story be damed. How Fisk has managed to live and stay sane through everything he’s been through from the frontlines of the Iran-Iraq war to Rupert Murdoch taking over the Times of London is beyond me.

  7. Michael, you must promise to use your powers only for awesome.

  8. Michael wrote a powerful piece. Reason is a very influential mag AND H&R did win the Best Group Blog poll.

    Did the Hariri regime really have any choice…?

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