Lebanese society is built upon identity politics, reflected in a government and constitution with explicit diversity mandates. The obsession with identity politics has crippled Lebanon since its inception, with the explosion that destroyed the port just the latest in a long list of tragedies its citizens have experienced.
Hariri’s resignation should neither shock us or worry us. It is simply another move in the same game which has been played out since the early 90s.
An inferiority complex linked to Lebanon’s colonial past is responsible for Macron failing in Lebanon. But maybe his rant about Islam might fix that.
Matthew Ehret shares an insight which addresses a too-often-overlooked aspect of the role of Lebanon in the Great Game.