Syria’s demographics are markedly different to Lebanon’s. A power-sharing arrangement would be more difficult to design.
With such an even split among the public and political leaders, here are five reasons why now is not the right time to be putting boots on the ground in Syria.
In the flurry of activity since Paris was attacked, the reasons it happened in the first place risk being forgotten.
After the terrorist atrocity, Western powers pledged to strike back at Islamic State. They will need to do more than rattle sabres.
It beggars belief that there are people who have attached themselves to groups seeking to escape this barbarity. Their objectives are the very antithesis of those seeking sanctuary.
Lebanon has been coming apart at the seams for years – Islamic State is trying to make it disintegrate entirely.
Islamic State is as resilient and effective as any terrorist group we've seen. How has it made itself so strong?
Will the terror attacks in Paris impact on Australia's commitment to coalition military efforts to stop the spread of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria?
Australia – despite its major military commitment fighting Islamic State – was excluded from the Vienna weekend talks seeking a peace path for Syria because of an objection by Russia.
At an incredibly sensitive moment, the world's leaders are gathering in an incredibly sensitive country.
Assembled at the cost of billions of dollars, Iraq's army has never amounted to much – and it's not the first foreign-built military to fail so spectacularly.
Investigating an air crash is a delicate and complex task at the best of times – and Flight KGL9268 came down in one of the world's most difficult regions.
Whatever caused the crash of a Russian airliner over the northern Sinai, it's finally brought the world's attention back to a critical security crisis.
Laden with animals, conspiracy theories and apocalyptic visions, Muhammad Fanatil al-Hajaya's poetry reflects how many Arabs – urban and rural, rich and poor – view the world.
As Israel marked the 20th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, fears of another surge in violence were as high as ever.
With Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the US all at the table, Russia's benighted Syria plan may at last have a chance of success.
Penalties for drug traffickers in Iran are harsh but it also has progressive policies for addicts. Is it time to go further?
Russia's Syrian venture is a dramatic example of modern realpolitik which has taken the West completely by surprise.
Hardly an enthusiastic upholder of human rights, Qatar has been welcomed as a participant in R2P – even though that obligates it to do basically nothing.
After the 2011 live export crisis, Australia brought in rules designed to keep animals in accredited abattoirs. But with breaches widespread, there is little evidence that the rules are being policed.