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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Jumblatt Shifts with the Current Yet Again

The inscrutable sage of Middle East Politics, Walid Jumblatt, has done it again: shifted his allegiances with the prevailing winds. Qifa Nabki, to whom credit for the Yoda Photoshop at left also belongs, traces the Druze leader's shifting stance, from pro-Hariri to pro-Syrian and now, with events in Syria, seemingly tacking back in the other direction. Qifa also has links to many of the earlier shifts in allegiance of the man who, as I have noted before, is probably the only member in good standing of the Socialist International who also was, for a time, a darling of the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute.

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