Saturday, December 23, 2006

The other day Walid Jumblat (probably after reading an article in the New York Review of Books which certifies him as a Lebanonese intellectual) wanted to compare his enemies in Lebanon to the Somali force of the Islamic courts. So he said that "we are facing" the equivalent of the Somali Islamic courts. But he--to his credit--quickly caught himself. He knew that his analogy makes him (and his allies) the equivalent of the notorious Somali warlords. So he added: "they are the Islamic courts...and the warlords."