With Israel pushing settlements farther into Palestinian territory, there has been some chatter of a reemergence of the Syrian occupation of Lebanon.
Israel’s claim to land in Gaza pushes Palestinian residents out of their homes and into refugee camps in none other than their northern neighbor, Lebanon. Israel’s antagonism in the 1980’s led to the materialization of Palestinian camps in Southern Lebanon and Beirut, resulting in a fierce civil war and severe cultural discontent between Lebanese Maronite Christians and Muslims.
Lebanon, enduring unwanted occupation by armed Palestinian “refugees,” was also under surveillance by Syria and imperialist Syrian ambitions. The displacement of Palestinians led to a 30-year occupied Lebanon by a belligerent, careless, and socialized Syria. For Lebanon, a “two-state” solution is irrelevant and unimportant. For this little parliamentarian republic in the Middle East, the people there simply want to be left alone. After President Bush called for the UN to pass Resolution 1559, Syrian forces officially withdrew from Lebanon in 2005. For five years, the Lebanese people enjoyed free markets, low taxes, and a relatively peaceful lifestyle.
But the only thing constant is change.