Lebanon and Switzerland

For those who always compare Lebanon to Switzerland, an excellent article in Assafir by Fawaz Trabulsi arguing that basically you just need look at the institution of the army in Switzerland to understand why both countries have nothing in common. The difference in State’s strength, and how Switzerland can stay neutral are at the heart of this difference. Looking at security structures always pays off. Switzerland has spent decades (while being isolated from all integrationist attempts but also from all wars) building a comprehensive defense system through its army – no comparison possible with Lebanon that is where confessionalism has fragmented all institutions y compris or more importantly the army.

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