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    • Morris Valentine
    • 30.11.07 | 23:15 (IST)

    Cipora, I'm sorry you find my view "outrageous". Permit me, please, to explain further: I agree it is not up to individuals to decide whether a particular state survives (1938 in Munich is too recent an event for anyone to feel otherwise). A heterogenous state can do well, but only because its constituent groups voluntarily decide the interests of the state as a whole exceed their own more narrow ones. Group and individual liberties are, to an extent, surrendered to the state, which in turn becomes the gurantor of liberty and stability (the "social contract"). No such contract exists in Lebanon, nor has it in the past. No claim can be made that any sense of Lebanese "nationhood" truly exists. Balkanised and fragmented, it is inherently unstable and a regional powder keg. Working with Syria to stabilise the region and ease fears of Israeli hegemony will diminish Iran's influence, and may even encourage some Syrian moves toward democracy. 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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