There’s a strong wind blowing over the Levant tonight. It’s the breeze from Walid Junblatt’s coat, swinging round in a series of massive u-turns.
Paraphrasing the mass murderer’s change(s) of heart in the past few hours:
‘I am absolutely against a military president’ becomes ‘What is important now [in a president] is Lebanon’s stability through a person who has had a key role in uniting the army’.
‘Hizbollah must disarm’ becomes ‘[he is known for] his clean record in protecting the resistance‘.
‘We will not accept Suleiman under any circumstances’ becomes ‘This decision (to back Suleiman) was purely Lebanese’.
Hizbollah and Michel Aoun suggested Michel Suleiman as a unity figure. March 14 and Junblatt said no.
Now America has held its little party in Annapolis and decided it can’t be bothered with Lebanon anymore (Siniora is crying right now – he has a short memory, America is not a very faithful partner). And without that international backing, March 14 and their gunman Junblatt, have shamelessly changed their words overnight.
Junblatt: he’s often called Lebanon’s weathervain because he always follows the political mood in the region. In the civil war he backed Israel, then Syria in the post-war peace, then America after the Hariri-killing, and now Hizbollah.
‘This decision (to back Suleiman) was purely Lebanese’. Of course it was. Now go and help Siniora, he needs some tissues.
(p.s. when I spell check Junblatt, it comes up as Gunboat).