Stories from the inside always seem more authentic. Soumaya Ghannoushi comments, about Arab states: The Israeli assault on Lebanon has poignantly brought two truths home: that some Arab states are unable to respond to ever-mounting external threats, and that the burden of homeland protection is increasingly shifting from the standard political order to non-state actors. The modern state derives its legitimacy from the right to monopolise and use instruments of organised violence for the purpose of maintaining internal stability and civil peace on the one hand; and securing its borders on the other. Some Arab states have failed on either or both counts. Continued here.