The World According to Jumblatt

Last week, conservatives (including NYT columnist David Brooks) were awestruck by the insights of Lebanese dissident Walid Jumblatt, who claimed events like the anti-occupation demonstrations in Lebanon had happened “because of the American invasion of Iraq.” We found Jumblatt’s analysis a tad bit questionable, considering just two months ago he was explaining how “we are all happy when U.S. soldiers are killed [in Iraq] week in and week out.”

Apparently Jumblatt has weighed in with more of his crack analysis. According to California State University professor As’ad AbuKhalil, he told LBC-TV last Thursday that “Saudi Arabia is not an oppressive country.” Oh, really?