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A different war

The war in Lebanon is anything but a new revolution in an old conflict.

[Lebanon] Brutal wars with great civilian losses always have rhetorical companions. One of these is the claim that conflicts cannot be resolved by military means. The underlying political and structural problems must be solved first.

It is an argument as harrowing as it is liberating. But it is not. Often, it is precisely military victories that create states, define borders and lay the foundations for politically sustainable systems.

In the Middle East, there is a lot of talk about a political agreement that includes the entire region. So far, no one has expressed anything concrete about what such a solution should look like.

No satisfactory solutions

The war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. . .

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