I was fairly comfortable with the popular opinion that Syria is behind the killings in Lebanon. Until, that is, a name from the past suddenly sprung out of the recent coverage. Walid Jumblatt. His was a name one heard in the late '60s whenever there was talk of dirty works in Beirut - and there was a lot of that.
The way the government was eleted back then with one family controlling the post of Prime Minister and with religion as a factor meant that the people of Lebanon lived in interesting times. Wally was a prime mover then and it may be that he is one of those going for a later retirement age.