Hamlet [to himself]: And this is why I have returned from Dubai? When I could have as well managed the business from there, enjoying myself like a pig in the mud? Or even from London... oh London, London... And here, what do I have here? Shia, Sunni, Christians, Druze all scheming and aiming to kill each other, the heat, the Syrians, the Hezbollah, the Israelis for crying out loud... who needs all this crap? Now this revenge schtick too... no, I definitely should get a ticket and scram!The framing is better than the writing, but whatcha gonna do? Unlike Hamlet, Saad Hariri has never been known for his eloquence.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Saad Hariri as Hamlet
Google just came across (on what looks to be some right-of-reasonable Jewish-themed blog) this satirical sketch comparing Saad Hariri to Hamlet (pursued by ghost of his father Rafik, even as evil stepfather Hassan Nasrallah seduces the weak mother/land, Lebanon-Gertrude). Someone posted it back in January, when Saad's government collapsed.
Posted by Margaret Litvin at 11:10 AM
Labels: Hamlet, Lebanon, political rhetoric, Saad Hariri
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