Mocking the absurdity of Lebanon's politicians and complaining about corruption has become a national past time. The political elite, while still seemingly somewhat in control, have proved themselves to be completely incompetent. Not once, not twice, but relentlessly.
Can Shakespeare's Richard III, in Sam Mendes's thoughtful interpretation and irresistibly brought to life by Spacey, compare to the ilk of the rulers of Iran, to Bashar al-Assad, to Hassan Nasrallah, to Muammar Gaddafi?
Judging by the context and content of the national addresses delivered within hours of each other this weekend, Morocco's King Mohammed and Syria's Bashar Al Assad could not be farther apart from each other.
The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, is -- in principle -- a man of religion. However, in addition to commanding an illicit militia and ordering bloody wars, Nasrallah is a manipulator.