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    • Morris Valentine
    • 30.11.07 | 20:27 (IST)

    Hello, Cipora, I'm sorry to part ways with you on this; but Lebanon is essentially a dysfunctional state, with a weak (and sometime non-existant) central government. Its divisions, rancour and violence over the last several decades hardly instill in me any confidence in its ability to govern itself. Perhaps partitioning the Christian areas into an independent mini-state might work, but Syria will still seek hegemony over most, if not all, of Lebanon. If granted, it could work in favour of Israel's survival: 1. Syria has the power to quiesce Hizbullah, or even remove it entirely from the borders of Galilee; and 2. a Syria enticed to follow its own interests, rather than those of Iran, will further politically isolate that much more dangerous latter nation. Syria and Iran at present are in a marriage of convenience; separate their interests, and Iran's influence is accordingly diminished. Kind regards.

    from the article: Washington: There is no place yet for Syria in peace process
    First published 00:00 30.11.07 | Last updated 00:00 30.11.07
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