Article published on November 27, 2017 in Socialist Worker.org: https://socialistworker.org/2017/11/27/lebanon-in-the-crucible-of-regional-conflict
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri recently threatened to resign and bring down the government, opening a new period of instability in a country that has recently had a sustained but fragile peace. In the weeks since the initial announcement, Hariri has reversed himself and now promises to continue in office.
Hariri’s surprise announcement shocked Middle East commentators, but it was only the latest symptom of a brewing conflict between the region’s most powerful countries–Saudi Arabia and Iran. This rivalry plays itself out through several proxy wars as well as within the dynamic of imperialist competition that crisscrosses the Middle East, as outside powers such as the U.S., Russia and China seek to secure their own national interests.
Joseph Daher is a Swiss-Syrian socialist activist, founder of the Syria Freedom Forever blogand author of Hezbollah: Political Economy of Lebanon’s Party of…
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