On the government "side" we have Christians, Sunni Muslims, the Druze, the French, the Americans, the Saudis and the Israelis.
On the "anti" side we have the Shia, some Christians, some Sunni Muslims, Iran and to some extent Syria.
The Lebanese are their own worst enemies. Once again, they are cooperating with external actors in the destruction of their little country, which, unfortunately, contains within its boundaries a sizable share of the cultural patrimony of mankind.
We Americans are still pursuing our dream of revolutionary political and cultural change in the Middle East. Our dreams have turned into nightmares thus far but our government has not given up. They reason that failure this far must be idiosyncratic and that if only one more country can be de-stabilized from the pattern of traditional life then the whole structure of tradition will "slide" into oblivion. From their point of view, Lebanon may be just the place to get the revolution going.
The French? They are just "sucking up" to the Bush Administration in an effort to make themselves more acceptable in the White House.
The Saudis? They are engaged in pursuing the defeat of what they see as a Shia/Iranian drive for power in the region.
The Syrians? They are trying to avoid being "stepped on" by the elephants.
The Israelis? You tell me.
In any event, Lebanon will burn if the Lebanese are as foolish as they appear to be. pl