I mean, he lives in Beirut. For thirty years in fact, as he likes to remind us at regular intervals. And that makes him a seasoned commentator on Syrian and Lebanese affairs.
So how does a man who lives in Beirut – a city dotted with Syrian flags for years – make a mistake like this:
“The Syrian flag, with its governessy and ferocious eagle…”
Is that the Egyptian flag you’re thinking of Mr Fisk?