Lebanese constitutional research has tended to neglect examination of the role of the army and army-government relations in a multicommunity society; behind optimistic and patriotic talk there hides a deep crisis, loaded with all the accumulated tensions of the past. Repetitive and accusatory discourse about Chehabism,1 the Second Bureau, and the televised coups d’état, as well as divergent political views about the army’s intervention in domestic problems, is met with weariness. Will we finally learn the lessons of our past? Unfortunately, the experiences...
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