The New Republic has a really solid breakdown of the main players in Lebanon. I particularly enjoyed the sketch of opposition leader Walid Jumblatt:
Once a staunch Syrian ally, and a longtime friend to Yasser Arafat's PLO, the Druze leader is now the hero of Lebanon's anti-Syrian resistance. He's toasted by the likes of David Ignatius and hailed by Thomas Friedman as "the courageous Walid Jumblatt." But Jumblatt hasn't always been democracy's darling: In February of 2003, he opined that the United States was governed by an evil "axis of oil and Jews," consigning U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz to the "axis of Jews" and then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, "who is oil-colored," as he weirdly put it, to the oil axis.
No matter how many times he changes course, Jumblatt always ends up with the winning side--and in this case, that's not likely to be Syria.
On another note, sorry for the posts deficit. I'm working on a story, and actually, will be away on a reporting trip next week. My hotel swears it has Wi-Fi. We'll see. Also, for any TP readers: I'll be off-the-clock for the next two weeks.