Lebanon Druze leader Walid Jumblatt sides with Hezbollah in crisis

The Los Angeles Times reports:

The U.S.-backed parliamentary coalition led by caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri was on the verge of losing its tenuous grip on the Lebanese government after a key politician defected Friday to support the Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

The decision by Walid Jumblatt, a Druze chieftain and longtime player amid Lebanon’s fractious parties, to back Hezbollah, which is supported by Syria, highlighted the dangerous regional maneuverings across the troubled Lebanese political scene. The move was a blow to Washington, which had worked with Hariri until his 14-month-old unity government collapsed this month.

“The party will stand firm in support of Syria and the resistance,” Jumblatt, head of the Progressive Socialist Party, said at a news conference in Beirut. He did not, however, reveal how many of the 11 members of parliament with his party would side with him. But Jumblatt’s support is crucial for any party jockeying to form a government.

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2 thoughts on “Lebanon Druze leader Walid Jumblatt sides with Hezbollah in crisis

  1. Vince J.

    “The move was a blow to Washington…”

    If it is bad for the USA it is good for the rest of the World!

  2. Norman

    Seems like the handwriting is blatantly painted on the wall. For all the time, money, treasury, life’s, the U.S. has poured into the Middle East in its quest for Empire, is all for naught. Just how much longer the U.S. will continue along this delusional path, remains to be seen. What a waste Iraq is, and Afghanistan too. Time for the U.S. to let the businesses do their own dirty work, without the U.S.Military as a backup. The dilettantes in the Congress need to open their eyes to defend this country, not some military adventure someplace in the World. It wouldn’t hurt to slash the General officers in 1/2 to start with, perhaps even 1/2, along with the other branch’s giving up the same too. This whole thing has gotten out of hand, no one General, Ambassador, Petty Dictator, War Lord, other despotic leader is worth the sacrifice that the American People have to pay for.

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