The United States must support Lebanon’s Christians while developing alternatives to Iran backed Hezbollah to accommodate Lebanon’s large Shia population. If the United States neglects Lebanon it is likely that Hezbollah’s political and social influence will continue to expand. Lebanon is neighbors with Israel, Syria and Jordan, where their strategic location has attracted the attention of big powers who have attempted to influence the major political events of the Middle East. Specifically, since the end of World War II, Lebanon has experienced two “states within a state”: The Palestinian Liberation Organization and Hezbollah.
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