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Hillary’s Downfall on FunnyOrDie.com
Irrésistible, simplement irrésistible. Et la rubrique est une des rares répliques qu’il est possible de publier sur un site susceptible d’être accessible à des mineurs – je ne citerais par exemple pas « What other working-class photo-ops do they expect me to do? Take a shit in a f… outhouse?« .

Via The Arabist.

Walid Jumblatt wakes up and smells the coffee


Qui l’eût cru? (1) Walid Jumblatt ne pense ni à des voitures piégées, ni à des missiles, mais à obtenir l’intercession de son rival druze Talal Arslane (oui, Arslane de chez Arslane, le descendant de Chakib Arslane et de l’émir druze Arslane), allié du Hezbollah et du Tayyar, ainsi que du président chiite du parlement – Nabih Berri, zaïm du parti Amal – auprès du Hezbollah, selon Time:

There are no longer any Hizballah fighters surrounding the grand red sandstone Beirut town house belonging to Walid Jumblatt, a member of Parliament and one of the leaders of Lebanon’s governing coalition. Still, Jumblatt, a top American ally, is under virtual house arrest. After the lightning speed with which opposition Hizballah fighters defeated government supporters in a six-hour battle on Thursday — only to vanish a few hours later — it became clear that it is pointless to resist the Iranian and Syrian-backed militia, which could return at any time. « I am a hostage now in my home in Beirut, » he said over the telephone to his rival Nabih Berri, the speaker of parliament and a top opposition leader, while TIME waited nearby for an interview. « Tell [Hizballah leader] Sayeed Hassan Nasrallah I lost the battle and he wins. So let’s sit and talk to reach a compromise. All that I ask is your protection. »

Celui qui appelait au soutien militaire des Etats-Unis, à des actes de terrorisme à Damas et attendait de pied ferme la guerre civile au Liban en est tout ébahi – le Hezbollah, qui a vaincu l’armée israëlienne, n’a pas eu de problème à écarter d’un revers de main les milices de Hariri et de Jumblatt:

Yet, despite the fact that Hizballah is perhaps the world’s most fearsome guerrilla organization, somehow Jumblatt misjudged the ease with which Hizballah could pull Lebanon back into the Syrian and Iranian orbit.

Ses alliés étatsuniens n’ont pas été à la hauteur, semble-t-il:

Sitting in his garden terrace in Beirut, with just a few family members and loyal retainers, Jumblatt is quickly coming to grips with the new political landscape. « The U.S. has failed in Lebanon and they have to admit it, » he said. « We have to wait and see the new rules which Hizbollah, Syria and Iran will set. They can do what they want. »

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