22 January 2011

may the buddhas of the ten directions protect him

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I can't express the contours of my solidarity with Walid if he has really seen the error of his ways.
Walid Jumblatt, the leader of Lebanon's 30,000-strong Druze community, has thrown his weight behind Hezbollah and Syria in the political showdown with the US-backed March 14 alliance that is brewing in Beirut.

Jumblatt leads a bloc of 11 parliamentarians and his support could now give Hezbollah and its allies a veto over who becomes the country's next president. It is bitter blow to Saad al-Hariri, the caretaker prime minister, as he tries to secure enough votes to form a new government.

But even more significantly, Jumblatt's declared rejection of the UN-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of Rafiq al-Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister and father of Saad al-Hariri, has permanently sealed his break from the March 14 coalition.

This signals a return to his pre-2005 politics, when he viewed Hezbollah as a legitimate resistance movement against Israel, and officially brings his flirtation with pro-Western positions - which contradict his family's long history of alliances with the left and pan-Arab nationalists - to an end.

Jumblatt is known for vacillating between positions, but yesterday's announcement places him firmly in the Lebanese opposition camp and indicates a complete reversal from the strident anti-Syrian declarations that have marked his rhetoric in recent years.
I know I'm just flat out paranoid from EVERYTHING going spectacularly wrong in the Middle East for my ENTIRE life, but I hope we're not setting him up to give us some reason to do the kind of thing we did when Hamas won the Palestinian elections... only worse. They seem to have been setting up a thousand entrances into WWIII over the past decade or two and this could be one of them, or it could be the time when Lebanon FINALLY gets Lebanon for Lebanon, permanently stultifying Israel's attempts to take its resources if not its territory.

love, 99

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