Thursday, September 07, 2006

Ending Lebanon Blockade

The lifting of Lebanon blockade by Israel is just a step to ease the economic difficulties facing Lebanon after the war between Hezbollah and Israel which left much of Lebanese infrastructure in ruin. Lebanon still looks unstable as it needs UN peace keeping forces for enduring cessation of hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel and for reconstruction to restart.

But in view of the extensive damage and the political situation, Lebanon can restart through promised international aid and investment from Lebanese compatriots. It will need more time to win the confidence of international investors, especially in tourism – a trade that can flourish only in stable areas.

But as the Lebanese were able to resurrect after their civil war, which left Lebanon in a much worse state than it is now, it is possible for them to re-emerge, all depending on the peace they can have with Israel and the extent of national unity they can put in practice.

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