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Would Obama Meet with Nasrallah?

1:49 PM, May 9, 2008 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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Hezbollah does seem to have the upper hand in Lebanon at the moment, and while David Kenner reports that, "Now more than ever, the Sunni, Druze and Christian communities are firmly aligned on the side of the central government," that may not be worth much if they are only united in getting steamrolled by Hezbollah.

But here's a hypothetical. Let's assume that Hezbollah prevails in their Lebanese power grab and manages to seize the reins of government. Hezbollah is a terrorist group, and it denies Israel's right to exist, but if it controlled the Lebanese government...would Obama have a sit down with Nasrallah? Just before Samantha Power got canned for calling Hillary a monster, she gave an interview explaining Obama's rules of diplomacy:

Obama would engage with Iran's President Ahmadinejad. He would sit down with North Korea and Syria. Is there anyone he wouldn't talk to? "Not among elected heads of state. He won't talk to Hamas, but he would talk to Abbas."

Even though she says "elected heads of state," she doesn't really mean elected--he would meet with Kim Jong-Il and Assad, and I don't think even the Obama folks are claiming that Ahmadinejad is a legitimately elected head of state. Granted, the campaign has been as vague as possible on this ever since Obama declared he would meet with any dictator who would sit down with him, but it seems like the key requirement is running a country with internationally recognized borders--you do that, you get your invitation to the Obama summit. So again, the question: if Hezbollah manages a complete takeover of Lebanon, would Obama meet with Nasrallah? There's no obvious reason why not, though it would be great if someone actually pushed Obama for an answer.