From 8 to 22 February 2007 we made a second visit with D4net from the Netherlands to Lebanon. We wanted to speak to our contacts from our first visit in September 2006, and meet new people too. Our main questions were: how do the people on the ground see a way out of the political stalemate between government and opposition? What are the effects of the June war and the internal political struggle? Is a third way possible? What effect does the sectarian system have at present, and what are people’s thoughts on Lebanon in the light of international developments?
In part 1 of this article we try to give an idea of the current situation in Lebanon on the basis of all the discussions we had and our own impressions. In part 2 we attempt to sketch out the conditions that could lead to more positive developments.
We want to emphasise that we do not think that we know better than the Lebanese people themselves. Our idea is more that it can be helpful to read how a relative outsider, who plays no part in Lebanese society and its conflicts, sees the situation. (meer…)