In its economic heyday Lebanon was touted as the example of what a modern Middle Eastern nation should look like. Today, as other nations in the region, among them Syria, face similar problems the country is again being pointed to as the example to follow.
As my flight touched down in Beirut, I had the feeling of returning to a land where deja vu is a fact of daily life. Where the same names persist for two decades or three or even more.
Hezbollah and Damascus have tried their sticks, by invading Beirut and Mount Lebanon, and carrots, through the formation of a cabinet under Hariri. Yet they remain desperate to see Hariri denounce the tribunal.