May 21, 2009

Down and Out in North Lebanon

It turns out the economy sucks for even militants these days. Mitch Prothero -- who has been accusing me of being a "DC Fobbit" of late -- reports from Tripoli:

“I have no job and neither do the Syrians,” said Mazen, an unemployed labourer who makes money by putting up posters for both the majority and opposition. “People all thought that if we fought the Syrians, we would be rewarded by our Sunni leaders,” he adds. “But now we never see them except on posters. Why don’t they help us with the jobs we lost while fighting for them?"