31 August 2006

Sleepless in Beirut

According to JP, "Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah refused to emerge from his bunker on Thursday to celebrate his 46th birthday. Nasrallah said that he preferred to celebrate with his "warriors" when security conditions made it possible to do so."

The above picture that goes with the article shows that this potentially embarrassing situation causes Hassan some headache. We can understand it, after all there are quite a few wobbly buildings in the neighborhood of Hassan's bunker, and who knows when a handy block of concrete may decide to fall down?

On the other hand, the headache and the stuffy air of his bunker may cause Nasrallah's mind to play out the Groundhog Day scenario. To remind you:

In traditional weather lore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow because the weather is bright and clear, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and the winter will continue for six more weeks.

Calm down, Hassan. The winter was over quite a long time ago, and besides - your shadow has been recently observed in Beirut:

See? You can get out. Well, once in a while at least, if you know what is good for you...