Think I was exaggerating when I talked about the return of the Syrian patronage over Lebanon? Now Walid Jumblatt has declared his public support for the return of Syrian troops. This is an excerpt from his conversation with Michael Young:
“We’re heading toward civil war if things remain as they are,” Jumblatt told me this week.
“What about the Syrians?” I asked.
“We should stop this fixation on the Syrians. They can’t do anything if the situation begins deteriorating; they don’t have troops on the ground,” he replied.
“But they would like to,” I said.
“And why not, I would support this,” Jumblatt interjected; “This is not a nation but a collection of tribes. You can quote me.”