Saturday, April 3, 2010

The first rule when dealing with the devil: " never deal with the devil"

Druze leader Walid Jumblatt reconciles with Syria

Walid Jumblatt has been a stern critic of Syria
The leader of Lebanon's Druze community, Walid Jumblatt, has met with Syria's president - signalling a thaw in relations between former foes.
In the past, Mr Jumblatt has accused Damascus of assassinating his father, and said President Bashar al-Assad was a "savage, a liar and a criminal".
The meeting was welcomed by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which has close ties to Syria.
Mr Jumblatt has said his criticism of Mr Assad was "inappropriate".
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Mr Jumblatt was a former ally of Syria, but fell out with them after Damascus was linked to the 2005 murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
In 2008 Syrian-backed Hezbollah fought Mr Jumblatt's Druze militias in a conflict that brought Lebanon to the brink of civil war.
Last month Mr Jumblatt told Al-Jazeera he wanted to "open a new page" in relations with Syria.
The reconciliation comes after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah promised the conflict "could be forgotten".
Mr Jumblatt and his father Kemal were leaders of the powerful Duze militias in Lebanon's civil war between 1975 and 1990.
Kemal Jumblatt was assassinated in 1977.