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!
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
I want a birthday card!