Lebanon is continuing to break down. In what is probably a sign of things to come, Australia has withdrawn its troops. Admittedly, it's only 12. But, it doesn't bode well when peacekeepers start leaving a region on the verge of all-out warfare. (It's not yet war because the conflict is between Israel and Hezbollah, and Hezbollah is not a state, hence cannot be involved in a war. Technical point.) I'm taking bets on when diplomats start being withdrawn and embassies closing across the country.