Lebanon's Situation: Collapse By Jared Diamond

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If philosophy takes part in any position in the world, it is the judgement of our action in which rectify our fault (Arneson, n.d). Lebanon or Lebanese Republic is the country located in the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea (CIA, 2013). The country is surrounded by two belligerent neighbors which are Israel and Syria. Many of the events in Lebanon result in the country having a strained relationship with its neighbors. In addition, in terms of economic problems, Lebanon also has been facing numerous problems due to investment, banking, lower GDP, tourist and agricultural sectors. Some believe that Lebanon will overcome these problems in the future. However, the crisis in Lebanon regarding the hostile relations with neighbouring countries results in the occurrence of poor living standard since this initial situation vastly pervade to inevitable economic crisis in Lebanon.

Jared Diamond, the author of Collapse: How societies choose to fail or succeed, has introduced the five major frameworks on the subject of possibility leading countries to collapse, human impacts on the environment and climate change, declining relations with friendly neighbors, relations with hostile societies and societies’ responses to their problems. Lebanon has been facing two main problems which are related to Diamond’s frameworks, relations with hostile society and societies’ responses to their problems. In terms of the environmental crisis, Lebanon has been facing numerous problems concerning to the environmental damage since the ongoing conflicts with Israel and Syria. During the war between Israel and Hezbollah, the fierce conflict caused many destructive damage to the environment. The bombing of Jiyeh power plant produced a contaminant pollution to the coastline in Lebanon. In addition, Israeli bombing also led to more than a million of unexploded cluster bombs wide spreaded in every part in Lebanon (Shevtsov, 2007). According to the third framework, before the occurrence of civil war, Syria and Lebanon were considered as one territory called the Greater Syria. They both shared a common currency, and had always been effective trading partners. To provide a consideration with the fourth framework, since the first Lebanon War began on 6 June 1982, when the Israel Defense Forces invaded southern part of Lebanon in order to attack the Palestine Liberation Organization, this war resulted in the death of thirty to forty thousand Lebanese and Palestinian death and homeless (ISR, 2006). Finally, the last framework, as the war is ongoing, this will result in the country struggling with the inevitable economic problem. Lebanon, thereby, must tackle this problem by using free market economy system and Laissez-faire policy in order to provide citizens with free trading.

According to Diamond's frameworks (2011), the major problem that possibly leads Lebanon to instability is the conflict between Lebanon and neighbors, Israel and Syria. The first conflict between...

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