Hezbollah: The New Fayrouz

Lebanon was, like, totally Fayrouz before it was Hezbollah

The singer Fairouz basically embodies Lebanon’s history as it developed in the decades following World War II, the desire to be a cosmopolitan meeting ground where East and West melded together into something unique and widely admired. Hizbollah represents the newer reality of a region that has soured on the West. It’s a militant organization rooted in local religious traditions and determined to supplant what it considers a repressive colonial hangover with muscular native power. The tension created by the fight between those two competing visions for the future has engulfed the Middle East for my entire adult life and remains unresolved

[tweetmeme]  Neil MacFarquhar in The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes you a Happy Birthday

Also from MacFarquhar, apparently Hezbollah will send you birthday cards!

Dear Neil

On your birth day

I wish you all the Joy your heart can hold

All the smiles a day can bring

All the blessings life unfold

May you have God’s best in Everything

Happy birth day

Haidar Dikmak

Media Relations

I want a birthday card!

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