Lebanese and Syrians carry placards during a gathering in support of Syrian refugees in front of the National Museum in the Lebanese capital Beirut on April 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ANWAR AMRO
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The Lebanese people have a legitimate right to be concerned about the lightning advances of ISIS, carving out their Islamic caliphate in neighboring countries, and it is imperative that the government here takes urgent precautions against this threat, rather than simply react when it is already too late, as is so often the case.Although the warning bells have been there for some time, not just with ISIS advances in eastern Syria and now across Iraq, but with the presence of extremist Sunni elements in various parts of Lebanon, some emboldened by the Syria conflict, the authorities and security institutions appear to be doing little to counter this threat.
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