Be a bloody shame if Lebanon slips back into the mess it once was. This had been one of the truly up and coming states, Beirut even being touted as the "Paris of the middle east".

Not too sure either if sending warships is exactly the right kind of signal to be sending. The Arab league needs to get off it's arse pronto here, because this is a serious flashpoint in the making and, considering the nature of the problem, Western intervention is a distant second place choice to try to get some stability in this country.

Oh well, as for now we're sending ships back off the coast....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/mid...st/7270102.stm