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Is Middle East war inevitable?

The prospects for peace in the Middle East look bleaker than ever, but will the tiny country of Lebanon be where the next big war kicks off? That's the view of veteran correspondent David Hirst who has lived in Beirut for 50 years and argues as much in a new book Beware of Small States. Mr Hirst and the Times's foreign editor Richard Beeston discuss whether war in Lebanon is on the cards.


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