Shashank Joshi
bbc.co.uk
October 24, 2012

Lebanon, like so many small nations buffeted by greater powers, has always sought and failed to carve out space for its own politics, free from the overweening influence of its self-appointed friends and protectors.

In this tradition, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati has over the past 18 months articulated a policy of “disassociation”. As he puts it, “we decided to stay away from the Syrian crisis”.

But things aren’t so simple. As Leon Trotsky once noted: “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.”

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