Some say the UN Hariri tribunal is just another
example of foreign interference
Lebanon's Maronite Christians have traditionally been allies of the West and sought French or American support. But with some Maronites now favouring Arab affiliation, a division seems to have emerged among them.

Inside Story asks if Western influence in Lebanon is waning or whether the country will continue to be a battle field for foreign powers.

Can the Lebanese choose their next president - who has to be a Maronite - without foreign influence?

Robert Fisk, the Middle East correspondent for The Independent, George Hajjar, an academic and political analyst, and Carlos Edde, the president of the Lebanese National Block, join the show from Beirut.

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This episode of Inside Story aired on Sunday 08 October 2007.


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