The Hezbollians Are Coming!
I really didn't want to address the latest edition of "Open-Mike-Gate" (AKA "The Shit Heard Round the World"), but Language Log and my mother have brought to my attention the emergence of the Hezbollian Menace. Here's the full selection:
"Listen, Syria is trying to get back into Lebanon, it looks like to me. We passed United Nations Resolution 1559, and finally this young democracy, or this democracy became whole, by getting Syria out. And there's suspicions that the instability created by the Hezbollian attacks will cause some in Lebanon to invite Syria back in, and it's against the United Nations policy and it's against U.S. policy."
As Language Log points out, through "toponomic suffixation" Hezbollians can now take a proud place next to Grecians, Kosovians, and East Timorians.
I might also take this moment to remind the President that the constitution of this "young democracy" was drafted in 1926 and that at least parts of Lebanon were represented at the League of Nations, which was famously shunned by the US Congress. There have always been problems with Lebanon's "confessional democracy," but I think we could say something similar for the United States, which extended voting rights to all adult US citizens only 41 years ago.