After ten years of denying it, Michael Young finally sees that building up Lebanese Army could provide a critical dynamic in process to undermine/contain Hezbollah
Surprised but welcome nevertheless. I just wish Mike Young had seen the strength of this approach in the critical cedar revolution years, especially in 2005-2006 when he and others encouraged a far more aggressive, direct confrontational approach that proved to be a disaster. From the National here:
“…Not much will change in the short term between Hizbollah and the army. A confrontation is improbable. But with Lebanon so divided over the war in Syria, most Lebanese believe the army alone is capable of containing domestic unrest. This comes as Hizbollah’s fealty to Iran is bitterly contested, which means the party can no longer defend its weapons as a national need.
Will Hizbollah willingly dissolve itself as a militia? Definitely not, but with the presence of an increasingly credible Lebanese army backed by a popular consensus, the party will find it more and more difficult to justify an independent militia that refuses to recognise the ultimate authority of the state.”