May 13, 2008

From Lebanon to Hizbullahstan

From From Lebanon to Hizbullahstan:

Christians have been fleeing Lebanon for decades. Though a census hasn't been taken in 75 years, Nizar Hamze of the American University of Beirut estimates that there are between eight and nine births per Shiite household, compared to five for Sunnis and two for Christians and Druze. These numbers must ultimately count against an outmoded constitutional order geared to favor Christians first, Sunnis second, and Shiites third. But even if Lebanon cannot escape its Shiite destiny, it is not ordained that it must also become a Hizbullah state, taking its orders from Tehran.