A Canadian Potato farmer, Henk Tepper, is being held against his will in Lebanon at the request of the Algerian government. Granted, the true facts of the story may not be known to all but the following excerpt gives one side of the story.
Source: http://bit.ly/k88a7I [TheChronicleHerald.ca]
Khalil Gibran, A Lebanese-American poet once wrote “Pity the Nation” [excerpt below]:
“Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave
and eats a bread it does not harvest.”
As an Algerian, I’m full of outrage towards the Algerian government. Since when did Algerians stop harvesting potatoes and start importing rotten ones? Free the Canadian man, get Lebanon out of this international fiasco, then plant and manage your own damn potatoes. So much for the wheat and potatoes from North Africa that were supposed to be the granary and bread basket of Europe. Thanks to a mis-managed, corrupt Algerian government, the people can’t even produce a crop that they were once esteemed for.
How can an Algerian be proud if we can’t grow and manage our own crops? And to add insult to injury, we pressure a brotherly country like Lebanon into a middle man position that complicates relations between the rare two countries that have nature on their flag.
J’accuse l’Algerie! Algeria, you are to blame, and the people for not changing the system. Shame, shame l’Algerie ya bledi.