Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

Following Israel’s intense bombardment in the summer of 2006, Lebanon had to undertake a new reconstruction effort before it had made a dent in paying for rebuilding damage done by the 1975-1990 civil war. The government swore to pursue reconstruction policies that would strengthen the state—an open swipe at the “state within a state” led by Hizballah. Yet Hizballah is carrying out its own rebuilding, and consolidating its political strength as a result.

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How to cite this article:

Lysandra Ohrstrom, Jim Quilty "The Second Time as Farce," Middle East Report 243 (Summer 2007).