Thursday, December 6, 2007

"Lebanon - agreement or illusion?"

From Middle East Times, here
"...Unfortunately international indignation only proved counterproductive - the tug of war for Lebanon got worse. The United States and France were no less persistent than Syria and Iran. The condition of Lebanese politics over the subsequent three years has uncannily reflected the confrontation between these powers. Even the compromise nomination of Suleiman smacks of foreign, rather than domestic, negotiation.
Lebanon still gives grounds for apprehensions. Have the West and Syria made up for good, or at least for the foreseeable future? Have they really reconciled or do they just share passing interests? What turns will the situation take when they fall out again? Last but not least, how many more compromises in Lebanon will serve only to make things worse?"

Beirut, Manarah 1880

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