Bush the ideologue and Sharon the tactician-only banded together banded together to push Syria out of Lebanon. Israel got into trouble right then and there. We already got the Lebanon war as a first installment, and there will be more to come perhaps. Syria came in to impose order and stop the Civil War, and did succeed in this. It was also in Israel's interest to have Syria there. When an attack by Hizballah occured, Sharon could hold Syria responsible and in fact destroyed a couple of Syrian radar station in retaliation. Hizballah came under control. With Syria out, there is nobody to blame but Hizballah, and we have already seen the result. More than this. With Syria in Lebanon, there was always the possibility of a Grand Deal with Syria; they get Lebanon and in return leave the Golan for Israel. All could have been happy. (I don't count the Lebanese.) On the day Syria left Lebanon I said that this was the day Israel lost the Golan. Lebanon is actually an artificial and unstable country, ripe for another civil war. It was created by the French for the Christians, who were 51% of the population at the time, but is now some 30% only. The Shiites are the largest group and may take over at some point, perhaps after a bloody war. For such a country, it is good to be absorbed by a larger country with a strong central government which will bring stability. In the long run, all would have been happy (and now I include the Lebanese).
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