The strength of the Mudqad clan's men stems from their women's Shish Barak, says one Muqdad woman.
The Muqdads, as some of you know, rose to prominence recently when they unleashed their "military wing" on Syrian and Turkish nationals. The sight of masked men flaunting guns and hostages on TV screens both terrified and provided comic relief to many Lebanese, who now joke about their own families having military wings.
But who are we to judge this clan? The Lebanese authorities are so occupied with chasing Syrian rebels and handing them over to the decaying regime next door, that they sometimes forget to pay attention to the needs of the homegrown thugs. And if the FSA can kidnap, so can Lebanese clans. Just ask Hizbullah!
With Hizbullah's own "military wing" busy in Syria itself, the Muqdads were forced to turn to Shish Barak on the home front.
Shish Barak, incidentally, is a Lebanese dish of Turkish origins: meat dumplings in a yogurt-cilantro sauce. Quite tasty. In addition to Shish Barak, the mighty Muqdad Avengers also like lentil dishes, Burghul (cracked wheat) and Fattoush salad. These dishes hold the secret to their prowess, their women brag.
Fortunately for this world, these dishes, which I occasionally cook for myself and my family, are not propelling anyone in my surroundings to replace their manhoods with machine guns, rocket launchers, or whatever it is the Muqdads have sprouted. And I haven't held anyone hostage since I stopped playing army at the age of 8.
My parents, who raised me to be law-abiding, and to seek other attributes missing in Hizbullah's Lebanon, must not have had access to the Muqdad secret sauce.