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The Murdered Fathers Club

Washington's allies in Beirut are now bowing to Damascus.

9:00 PM, Dec 19, 2009 • By DAVID SCHENKER
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For Washington and March 14, of course, the Saudi shift and the imminent expeditions of the coalition's senior leadership to Damascus is not good news. Simply stated, it is indicative of the fact that Syria has a new lease on life in Lebanon. Sadly, this pro-West coalition, which came to power on the battle-cry of Lebanese "independence," appears to have come full circle. March 14 politicians are already flocking to Damascus to ingratiate themselves with Asad, and the Lebanese president is starting to become a routine fixture in the Syrian capital. The ongoing tragedy of Lebanon will be played out in the coming days, as the murdered father's club holds its next meeting in Damascus.

David Schenker is director of the Program in Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.