Thursday, July 16, 2009

Understand Jumblatt

If you ever want to understand why Walid Jumblatt, the effective political leader of Druze community in Lebanon, does what he does, keep the following in mind:
The Druze leader has been willing to alter his position on virtually everything in the past 32 years, usually through mesmerizing acrobatics, but he has consistently stuck to two principles: defense of the Druze, and defense of Jumblatti domination over the Druze. The seemingly volatile Jumblatt is among the most predictable of politicians if you understand what motivates him.
If you only read a couple of Michael Young pieces a year, make sure one is about Jumblatt and the other about Aoun, two of the country's most consistent turncoats whose motives Young has a gift in deciphering. For Young's two most recent pieces on Jumblatt check here and here ... and then you'll understand.

1 comment:

  1. Jade,
    I think that when Mr. Young says that Walid Jumblatt " has been willing to alter his position on virtually everything in the past 32 years...but he has consistently stuck to two principles: defense of the Druze..." he is not only expressing a personal opinion but is in essence explaining the behaviour of Walid Jumblatt through a very important Druze belief: compromise and bend to the wind in order to preserve the survival of the Druze community. I learned this for the first time in my life around five years ago when a Druze friend of mine gave me a book in Arabic about the secret beliefs of the Druze. The book at the time created an uproar in the Druze community because they considered the author to have betrayed the trust that was placed in him by the community. If there is any interest then I can go to the attic and dig up this bookwhich I found to be well written and very informative.

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