Refugees make Lebanon the next flash point, says Prof. Norman Bailey

by Norman A. Bailey  |  April 11, 2014  |  ARTICLES

Refugees make Lebanon the next flash point
A million Syrian refugees turn Lebanon's already fragile position into a mega-crisis in waiting. 

What would happen in Israel if a million and a half destitute refugees entered the country in a couple of years?

What would happen in the United States if more than sixty million destitute refugees entered the country in a couple of years?

Then ask yourself what is likely to happen in Lebanon, a country already approaching the condition of a failed state, with over one million destitute refugees from Syria entering the country since 2012.

Lebanon is likely to be the site of the next major crisis in the Levant. Already racked by sectarian violence in the north between Sunni and Sh'ia, centered in Lebanon's second-largest city, Tripoli, with Lebanon south of the Litani River entirely in the hands of the terrorist organization Hezbollah, and with the writ of the pathetically weak central government limited to Beirut and surrounding territories, this country formerly of five million inhabitants, now suddenly six million, half the size of Israel, simply cannot cope.

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