Every time you read a story covering Lebanon, it usually mentions the terrible crisis.
Lebanon has collapsed from a reasonably affluent country into one at risk from the chaos that a preventable, treatable disease like cholera can cause.
Cash is now king in Lebanon, where a three-year economic meltdown has led the country's once-lauded financial sector to atrophy.
Things I do know about
I am aware that Lebanon has a dysfunctional political system with reserved positions by religion (Christian, Sunni, Shiite).
I am aware Hizbollah/Palestinians cause trouble. Israeli pressure, both directly on those groups, and on Lebanon to rein them in, can be problematic as well.
I am also aware that Syria's role in Lebanon is always toxic (already seen in song lyrics from 1982).
There was a political assassination some time ago that gets mentioned. But political assassinations are unfortunately not infrequent there.
But asides from Syria's civil war and its refugees, these are all longstanding issues. The Lebanon crisis seems to have been ongoing before Covid got started and while many countries got whacked by Covid, Lebanon does not seem to have been uniquely vulnerable to it.
So what caused this abysmal crisis in a country which, if anything, seemed to be in better shape right after their civil war than they are right now?
i.e. what's the really simple missing 5 minute intro and reminder to all those articles talking about Lebanese problems about how they got there? What's special about the last 5-6 years?