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Monday, May 12, 2014

Headline of the Day: "Jumblatt Welcomes Clooney to Druze Community"

The inimitable Walid Jumblatt produced the headline above in Beirut's Daily Star, citing a report in The Weekly Standard, whose own headline was good as well: "But is it Good for the Druze?" In that Lee Smith article, Jumblatt is quoted as saying in an email, "“Tell me when George Clooney will be coming to Lebanon so I can greet him in Moukhtara. I will bring a delegation of Druze sheikhs,' Jumblatt gushed. 'As for Amal Alamuddin, well, she is lucky.'"

As most of you not currently in a coma probably know, actor George Clooney is planning to marry Lebanese-born, British-based attorney Amal Alamuddin, who is of Druze origin.

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