There is a duality that has defined
Coexistence, freedom and entrepreneurial drive had been the state of the country between independence in 1943 and the start of the civil war in 1975 and even beyond.
Many of the clichés were true: a neighborhood firefight might break out between militias in the morning, but by the end of the day people would be repairing their damaged properties. The Lebanese could be infuriatingly anarchic, stupidly selfish, but they were also determined to take initiatives and embrace new departures.
From the moment of Hariri's assassination on Feb. 14, 2005, it was clear that the Shiite political parties, particularly Hezbollah, did not share in the national distress. Shiites represent perhaps 35 to 40 percent of the Lebanese population. Hezbollah had gradually won over a large majority of the community, particularly poorer Shiites
In the early 1980's, the ''Party of God'' was a loose collection of groups organized and trained by