- Hezbollah’s dominance continues to paralyze the Lebanese state
- Foreign interference has intensified recently from Syria, Israel and Saudi Arabia
- The government cannot cope with collapsing services and ecological disaster
Lebanon has come a long way in the past 50 years – and not for the better. The country that UNESCO classified in 1973 as the second-most literate in the world could boast of world-class poets, artists, architects, engineers and doctors, not to mention mechanics who could repair anything on wheels. Today, almost nothing works. The country’s economy, politics, military, health-care system, food, ecology and even the air it breathes – practically everything is toxic.
It is difficult to say which of these truly grave problems is the most acute. Most of them, however, stem from the same cause.