It is clear that Christians are not a majority among voters, except at the very oldest ages. So, why not take a new census and straighten this out?
Change will be hard, though. “Any new formula will lead to sectarian strife, which no one wants to see in Lebanon,” says Randa Slim of the Middle East Institute, a think-tank based in Washington. “The Christians have half of parliament, the Sunnis have the prime minister’s office and Hizbullah are too busy in Syria. The men who run this country have no interest in renegotiating the status quo. It would lead to conflict.”So, for the time being, it seems that a census still makes no sense. The status quo is better than the threat of violence in an already violent part of the world.