World News: Lebanon Between Solutions and Civil War

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At the crossroads of the Middle East, plagued by corruption and carelessness, Lebanon now appears on the brink of civil war. If solutions exist to recover the country, they can only be realized through the international community.

Located in one of the most explosive regions of the world, Lebanon is today facing a multifaceted crisis that threatens the economic, financial, political, social and above all religious balance of a country ravaged by corruption. and a political staff unable to raise a nation today on the brink of chaos. The exposure of this latent crisis that has haunted Lebanon for several years now was the explosion of the chemical complex on August 4, 2020.

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The detonator, or more exactly the revealer, of the carelessness of a political class lost in endless clan wars against the backdrop of confessional rivalries for some totally irreconcilable, was therefore an industrial and human catastrophe that the country did not was in no way prepared to handle.

Tension and Reconstruction

It is these same rivalries, which go so far as to plague the state apparatus, that could tip Lebanon into a new civil war, like the one that had bloodied the country between 1975 and 1990.

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No need to go into the reasons for this war or its settlement, what history retains is that this deadly conflict highlighted all the existing tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, Druze Christians and Maronites. However, after the peace was signed, none of the tensions cited had really died down, priority having been given to the reconstruction of what was in the past called the Switzerland of the Middle East.

Reconstruction of course, but in the light of the rampant corruption of Lebanese society, of a political class dispersed with regard to the religious affiliations of these components, of a diplomatic situation dictated by the pressure exerted by Israel, (anxious to Hezbollah militias established within South Lebanon and quick to regularly bombard Israel, the latter invaded South Lebanon in 1982 and supported the massacres in the Sabra and Shatila camps in September 1982) of Syria, jealous of the exposure Mediterranean region of the Cedar country, without forgetting the energy context since Lebanon has enviable gas fields in its territorial waters.

In the end, nothing seemed to help Lebanon prosper and live in peace in a region, let us repeat, explosive.

Political and Geopolitical Arbiter

Today, a reality is needed: the Western nations, and France in the lead, will have to and will have to linger at the bedside of Lebanon which, despite its difficulties, arises, and could arise once stabilized, as a political arbiter. and geopolitics of the region.

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But the road to take to get there seems long and strewn with pitfalls given the current context. The resolution of the political crisis that erupted without a solution put forward last fall was compounded in its effects by the explosion of 4 August.

So it may not be too much to say that Lebanon is today a drifting country almost on its own. However, the deliquescence into which the Lebanese nation is sinking will not be without consequences for the Middle East but also for the West, the breaches opened by the collapse of the state assimilating to so many doors open to solutions. extreme, demagogic or ultra-religious policies.

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Therefore, the future of Lebanon is posed to this day as a diplomatic priority in a perimeter plagued by tensions between the United States and Iran, Lebanon, Syria and Israel. As if Lebanon alone shelters all the evils of the region ....


Bio: Olivier Longhi has extensive experience in European history. A seasoned journalist with fifteen years of experience, he is currently professor of history and geography in the Toulouse region of France. He has held a variety of publishing positions, including Head of Agency and Chief of Publishing. A journalist, recognized blogger, editor and editorial project manager, he has trained and managed editorial teams, worked as a journalist for various local radio stations, a press and publishing consultant, and a communications consultant.

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