Walid Jumblatt pets his dog Oscar as he speaks during an interview at his garden house in Beirut. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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The decision by Hezbollah to join the civil war in neighboring Syria and fight along President Bashar Assad's forces was a historic and moral "mistake" toward the Syrian people, MP Walid Jumblatt said.Now, the Syrian civil war will be "very long," Jumblatt said.After the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Jumblatt sharply criticized Hezbollah and the Syrian government, which many in Lebanon blamed for the killing.Jumblatt has repeatedly urged his countrymen not to get involved in the Syrian conflict.Asked about actor George Clooney's engagement to 36-year-old Lebanese-British international law attorney Amal Alamuddin -- who like Jumblatt happens to be a Druze -- he smiled and said he hoped the couple would soon visit the Druze heartland.
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