There are a lot of things to fear in Lebanon these days.
A federal state is not one of them.
Most of the political leadership in Lebanon portrays a potential federal state as a calamity.
Propelled and enriched by thesectarian nature of government, political elites have mounted the scarecrows every time the notion of a Lebanese Federation has gained traction.
They deliberately equate federalism (a mixed system of national and regional governments within a country) with partition (breaking a country into multiple independent states) and use each term interchangeably. They claim that Lebanon is too small and ill-prepared to be a federation. Warlords and religious figureheads, worried about their stature, influence and complicity, caution that such a system will ignite sectarian tensions, dismantle institutions and fuel intrastate conflict.
But they’re wrong.
Perhaps more importantly, they’re terrified.
At every critical junction, the current establishment has brandished theTaif Accord
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