The Politics of War: What is Israel’s Endgame in Lebanon and Syria?

The Politics of War: What is Israel’s Endgame in Lebanon and Syria?

On August 4, hours before a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital, Beirut, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, issued an ominous warning to Lebanon. “We hit a cell and now we hit the dispatchers. I suggest to all of them, including Hezbollah, to consider this,” Netanyahu said during an official tour of a military facility in central…

Lebanon: The Paradise from Hell

Lebanon: The Paradise from Hell

In the old days there was no more charming city in the eastern Mediterranean than Beirut. Set on a maritime plain with the mountains rising dramatically behind it, the scenery was magnificent, the culture charming, the people hospitable and the city rich in history. Unfortunately, however, Lebanon’s prime geographical position sucked the country and its…

Horror in Beirut – Was It An Accident or a Warning?

Horror in Beirut – Was It An Accident or a Warning?

The Establishment explanation for what occurred in Beirut’s port on August 5th is that the horrific series of explosions that killed hundreds, injured thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless was a terrible accident that came about due to a multi-faceted failure by Lebanon’s corrupt and incompetent government. Or at least that is the prevalent…

Beirut Devastated: The New Paradigm May Be Explosive

Beirut Devastated: The New Paradigm May Be Explosive

Sometimes the news cycle and the geo-political cycle simply part company. This is one such occasion – the devastation of Beirut Port. What happened there is destined to constitute a major geo-political event – whatever way its sequellae should cascade out and shape the future. There are good, historic reasons for this parting of the…