Was ‘Beirut’ a Botched Act of Deterrence?
Most Lebanese do want reform – their anger is real and justified. But the price of western-led ‘IMF-reforms’ – austerity, higher taxes, the end to subsidies, and the expulsion of Hizbullah from all positions of responsibility – will amount to a cost impossible for any government to bear – with some 44% of the Lebanese population slipping towards the poverty level. Equally, most, of course, will not accept to be placed under a new colonial mandate. What happens next?