File - Islamists protest against Syria's President Bashar Assad after Friday prayers in Beirut, Friday, June 1, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Lebanese politicians have painted a thin veneer of functionality over the country which is barely able to mask an increasingly fractured society, according to a report released this week by the International Crisis Group.While diplomats often praise Lebanon's resilience in the face of regional crises, the report claims that this relative stability can only last so long under the current conditions.Lebanon's stability is, in effect, a facade, said Sahar Atrache, a senior analyst at Crisis Group who worked on the report. The Syrian war has re-ensconced Hezbollah's weapons into the fabric of Lebanese society and politics.Lebanese authorities and political figures, the report says, have made easy scapegoats of Lebanese Islamists and the Syrian refugee population.Lebanon's political class, the report insists, is a main source of the country's woes.
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