Lebanon Under Seige
By NewsDude ,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2007 9:22 PM CDT
Lebanon Sidon, Crusaders castle   ((c) nd_architecture_library)
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(Newser) – Economist Middle East correspondent Max Rodenbeck takes us on a painful amble through the history of modern Lebanon.   He sees Lebanon as a Manichean society where the wealthy live next to the poor, the religious coexist (sort of) with the secular, the pro-Syrian are at odds with the pro-Israeli.

Rodenback concludes that, while there are many internal squabbles and lots of polarization in Lebanese society, ultimatley the Palestine conflict drives all issues and dictates the future.