Dark Clouds Gather Over Lebanon
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  • vanderleun

    “The worst case scenario is not difficult to envision:…” Pretty close but you left out Israel, submarines, and nuclear weapons.

  • Kris

    “The United States on both humanitarian and geopolitical grounds might also be pulled into a conflict of this kind.”

    In general, I’m not biased against interventionism, but heck no! Intervening, especially through a significant insertion of ground forces, after the powder keg blows and it becomes an all against all bloodbath strikes me as the height of foolishness. The time to intervene is before that (and it might possibly be too late). For example, the situation might well be significantly better if the US had put more pressure on the bad guys following the Cedar Revolution.

  • Deniz

    Ankara, and not Istanbul, is the capital of Turkey.

    • Walter Russell Mead

      @Deniz: You are right and as I’ve been to both cities many times, that error should never have appeared on this blog. Another intern is being dragged into the House of Pain.

  • Kris

    [email protected]: And here I thought this was a sly dig at the “Tel-Aviv regime” crowd. 🙂

  • dennymack

    Where does the Lebanese military fit into this? Are they relatively neutral, or does the population see them as partisan to one faction? (If so, which faction?)
    Also, if you know of any reliable informational sources on Lebanon, I would appreciate a pointer.
    I am trying to wrap my head around this, since I am teaching about the Middle East right now.

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