If you take the British and Canadian ambassadors farcical and shameful histrionics in Beirut and you can stop laughing for a moment, you see there on the stage the very diplomats who are doing their best to make sure real journalism can never take root in those countries.
Hezbollah’s anti-corruption drum beat is driven by US sanctions against Iran, forcing the Lebanese Shiite group to be more creative in how it extracts valuable dollars from the system.
As the Trump administration tinkers with the idea of retreating militarily from the Middle East — despite the opposition of the war lobby — it cannot possibly welcome a war between Israel and Hizbollah that could could spiral into a wider conflict and drag the U.S. into a heavier military intervention in the region.
Diplomacy and governance is dying in Washington, London and Paris. In Lebanon, we were all late for the funeral.