Lebanon must shake off criminal Hizbollah overseeing its ruin


Lebanon must shake off criminal Hizbollah overseeing its ruin

ANALYSIS |The Iranian-backed group has long exerted an unwelcome stranglehold on the benighted country

Con Coughlin

It is going to take a great deal more than the mass resignation of the Lebanese government to repair the damage decades of misrule have inflicted on this benighted country.

The only real hope for Lebanon depends on whether the malign influence Iran exercises over the country can be brought to an end.

While the precise details of what caused last week’s enormous explosion at Beirut port, in which more than 200 people were killed and thousands more injured, are still under investigation, most Lebanese are in little doubt that ultimate responsibility lies with Hizbollah, the Lebanese-based terrorist organisation that is funded and equipped by Tehran...

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