Lebanon and Iraq are the two most sectarian countries in the Arab world. ~ Michael Totten
In 2005, Beirut looked and felt like a Middle Eastern version of Berlin in 1989... It turned out, Beirut was really more like Budapest in 1956. ~ Michael Totten

Lebanon (Arabic: لبنان Lubnān), officially the Lebanese Republic (Arabic: الجمهورية اللبنانية), is a small, largely mountainous country in the Middle East, located at the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Due to its sectarian diversity, Lebanon follows a special political system known as confessionalism, meant to distribute power as evenly as possible among different sects.[1] The country enjoyed relative calm and prosperity, driven by the tourism, agriculture, and banking sectors of the economy,[2] until the onset of wars beginning with the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) and continuing through recent conflicts like the 2006 Lebanon War.





  • Iran can do anything it wants in Lebanon without any political opposition or challenges... And now Iran can focus to win what it needs in Syria, while everyone is busy making business deals with the 'new Iran'. Lebanon, on the other hand, is going to pay a very high price for all these deals and compromises, more so as Iran, Russia and the Assad regime are scoring more gains in Syria.


  • Lebanon may not be the most crucial country according to narrowly defined American interests, but like Tunisia, it’s one of the few Arab countries that has had a real shot at building something resembling a democratic system during the last couple of years. Lebanon is divided against itself, though, as it always has been, and Syria and Iran are aggressively and even violently backing the anti-Western and anti-democratic side. With no one supporting Lebanon’s pro-Western and pro-democratic side, there was ever only one possible outcome.


  1. Countries Quest. "Lebanon, Government". Retrieved December 14, 2006.
  2. U.S. Department of State. "Background Note: Lebanon (History) August 2005" Retrieved December 2, 2006.

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