Sunday, May 11, 2008

This article in Al-Akhbar about (pro-Syrian politician) Wi'am Wahhab is just unrealistic: it represents the wishful thinking of the opposition side: of Hizbullah and its allies. They need to know that Walid Jumblat represents 90% of Druze public opinion, just as Sa`d Hariri represents some 80% of Sunni public opinion. Hizbullah "military" successes in Lebanon will not change those numbers--not without political gestures and from Hizbullah and its allies. But all sides in Lebanon are sectarian, and their sectarianisms narrow their visions, acutely.