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Saudi Arabia risks committing the original sin of modern Middle East politics – fighting its regional wars in Lebanon and driving that fragile country once again toward civil strife.Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's target in Lebanon is Hezbollah, the nation's dominant political force, which is backed by the Saudi's nemesis, Iran. First, the Saudis pressured Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign last Saturday; hours later, MBS, as the 32-year-old crown prince is known, launched sweeping arrests of rival princes and business leaders in Riyadh, creating an uproar across the region.Thursday, the Saudi government told its citizens to leave Lebanon and advised against future travel there.Lebanese officials fear that what's next is a broader economic quarantine on Lebanon, much as Saudi Arabia has imposed on Qatar.This week in Lebanon, the U.S. was again attempting damage control, as Ambassador Elizabeth Richard pledged $42 million for the Lebanese Army and expressed support for "a stable, secure, democratic, and prosperous Lebanon".
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