As Lebanese troops heading for the border with Israel, for the first time since 1968, there was keen interest throughout the country in what will happen next. Eventually some 15,000 Lebanese soldiers will take up position in the south. That was welcomed by one Beirut resident who said: “The Lebanese army deployment is a very good thing for the country. We all love the army. The resistance has done its job although it caused us a lot of destruction.”
Despite the post-war devastation, some Lebanese think Hizbollah would do a better job of keeping the country safe. “The resistance army is stronger than the Lebanese army. The Lebanese army can’t protect us. If it had been capable of protecting us it would have joined the resistance and helped it.”
Sounds of re-building have replaced the sounds of explosions. And in a further sign that the situation in Lebanon has turned the corner, the international airport in Beirut reopens to commercial flights today, for the first time in five weeks.