Fellow bloggers and readers,
As most of you know, I have been in Lebanon over the past week. And one of the things all of us do when we return home after long absences is visit and chat with old friends. It is always a great experience, and one of those things that I have grown to cherish and look forward to over time.
"M", or rather, Hassan, is one of those friends who I visit every time I return to Lebanon. Aside from his personal traits as an individual, which I consider to be optimal, he is also one of the most interesting persons I can talk to. Two days ago, for example, we sat down in the Starbucks, Verdun for more than two hours. It goes without saying: I was doing most of the listening.
Right before I got up to leave, I asked Hassan if he could become a contributing member of The Lebanese Bloggers. The job that prevented him from expressing his political opinions had become the stuff of the past, and I felt that we could all benefit from one more articulate (and more importantly, distinct) Lebanese voice on the blogosphere.
As all of us will realize in due time, Hassan will offer another unique perspective. His advantage over most of us is that he actually lives in Lebanon, and has access to information and analyses that all of us crave for. Therefore, I welcome him as a most positive addition to The Lebanese Bloggers website, and I really look forward to his contributions, as well as to the verbal duels that both of us will inevitably engage in.
Hassan: Welcome Aboard!