Strongest words yet on the situation in Lebanon

...From Paul Salem, perhaps the preeminent Lebanese political analyst today.

"Lebanese Army’s Defeat of Salafists Buys Only Short Respite" in

The final paragraphs:

"Lebanon needs to be governed by cooperation and broad consensus—especially in times of acute sectarian tension. It is far better to have the opposing parties inside the government and publicly responsible for the country’s stability than to have them on the outside pursuing their own agendas without any such accountability.

The regional and international communities, as well as Lebanon’s own leaders, should realize that the latest battle east of Sidon might be one of the last warning signs before Lebanon’s eruption into widespread sectarian fighting. Indeed, the first real sparks of the long 1975–1990 Lebanese civil war took place in Sidon. Rapid action is needed."