Now that Assad has come out in support of Berri's dialogue, everyone in Lebanon should fake amnesia, play stupid and let the man who shut down parliament and his butcher-friend tell them that their problems have nothing to do with the Assad regime! Not only is the speaker overstepping his boundaries as legislative authority (which he doesn't even practice) by visiting heads of states, he is acting as an ambassador for the Assad regime, trying to mend that country's relations with other Arab countries at the expense of Lebanon.
Good thing Berri's "tricks" are no longer working. PM Siniora, who is also on an Arab tour, albeit to ratchet up pressure against Syria (as opposed to covering up for its crimes), said the place for dialogue was in parliament, shut down by Berri for over 17 months. He noted that it was Berri and his friends who shut down the last round of dialogue, which ended, if you recall, when Hizbullah refused to discuss its weapons, and started the July 2006 war.
And while Siniora is gaining support for holding a mini summit to discuss the Lebanese crisis, concluding a visit to Saudi Arabia today, Berri's still waiting for Saudi Arabia to accept his request to visit the Kingdom. Berri hopes to visit Egypt and Saudi Arabia at least, Assad's main antagonists in his plot to take over Lebanon. One hopes Berri never gets an invitation, and that the Saudis and Egyptians do what the French just did, when they announced that Berri is "not invited to France" over his refusal to open parliament.