I realised just after posting I hadn't addressed all you mentioned. As I said, Lebanon right now is still very fragile as democracy, and it seems their best bet is to have a government of national unity with all parties involved. Strengthening that democracy is a prerequisite for finding peace and stability, and someday having a party system that is not based on religion or on foreign influence. Compare it to Belgium 25 years ago: think of the clashes in Grand Fouron/Voerstreek between Flemish and Walloon. They even had regional sister-parties, like SP/PS, on both sides of the language divide. Or compare to Poland 1750, with Russian, Austrian and Prussian factions in the Sejm.
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from the article: ANALYSIS: Olmert must swallow his pride, adopt UN resolution