As he commemorated the 15th anniversary of the assassination of his father this week, Walid Jumblatt placed the Syrian opposition flag atop Kamal Jumblatt's grave. Over the course of his political career, Walid Jumblatt has made some of the most arguably unexpected alliances, seeking to shield the minority Druze community from sectarian conflict.
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman yesterday reiterated Lebanon's commitment to UN resolutions and its international obligations in his address to the UN General Assembly. But while his speech was quite vocal on the question of the Palestinian statehood, Suleiman failed to make mention of the developments in Syria - or their repercussions on Lebanon.
"If there is no stability here [in Syria], there's no way there will be stability in Israel", Rami Makhlouf, President Assad's cousin, the regime's businessman and a lightning rod for Syrian protestors, told the New York Times this week. He did not try to embellish or deny this seeming threat.