The United States is at war with Lebanon, which has long been an unruly playground for Western transgressions.

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is a British writer and analyst of politics and international relations with a primary focus on East Asia.

is a British writer and analyst of politics and international relations with a primary focus on East Asia.

Lebanon is a country in crisis. Its economy is on the brink, teetering under power shortages and experiencing sporadic political violence and unrest, with six people having been shot dead  on Thursday. Some are contemplating that it may now be classed as a ‘failed state’.

The mainstream media craft a narrative that the militia group, Hezbollah, is exclusively responsible for Lebanon’s woes, and claim that its presence is malign, illegitimate and threatens the country’s democracy and institutions. The standoff has seen the country laden with sanctions from the US and the EU. The West makes the argument that if this ‘Iran-linked group’ was to simply go away, then all would be milk and honey in this Mediterranean country, right? But that isn’t the full side of the story, not even a fraction of it.

As a friend who runs the online magazine, The Cradle, once told me, the United States is “waging a war on Lebanon.” It’s something that has stuck with me ever since, because even though it is not a war in literal terms right now, (although there has been plenty of that in Lebanon’s troubled history) it perfectly conceptualizes and depicts the strenuous campaign of deliberate interference, manipulation and strife in the country’s affairs as a broader geopolitical aspect of the ‘Anti-Iran’ and ‘Anti-Syria’ agendas.

Western foreign policy has shifted away from the Middle East somewhat, yet the mantra of completely destroying target countries in the pursuit of geopolitical interests remains, irrespective of what the will of those countries might be.

As is the case with every Middle Eastern story, we are fed a simplistic and romanticized narrative of ‘good versus evil’, which fails to explain why Lebanon is in such a dire situation, why it is a nation prone to such grave instability and unrest, and how the legacy of colonialism and an inherently unequal political model in the country – designed to keep the majority from getting a proportionate share of power – is all responsible for its ultimate ruination.

Lebanon was a pet colonial project, one envisioned by the French, who after partitioning the former lands of the Ottoman Empire with the British in the Sykes-Picot agreement of 1917, endeavored to carve out. Brinkwire Summary News. For more information, search on the internet.

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