Cross-border clashes over the weekend between Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Hezbollah threaten to undo the uneasy peace along the Israel-Lebanon border. Both sides have declared that the fighting had reached their respective objectives, while avoiding any casualties.
Fifty years ago, the eminent British journalist and author Patrick Seale published a landmark book, The Struggle for Syria, in which he examines the tumultuous post-independence period (after 1946).
In philosophical discourse on the essence of human destructiveness, arguments ultimately boil down to the following question: Do socioeconomic circumstances drive man towards violence, or is it human nature that makes war inevitable?
It has been almost a week since the Israeli airstrike on a Syrian convoy allegedly delivering anti-aircraft weapons to Hezbollah. Syria and Iran continue to fume about the incident and have upped the rhetoric on the possibility of retaliatory action.