Our education on the Middle East continues here …. take a look!!
Lebanese Prime Minister and temporary President, Tamam Salam (left) and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri
My limited knowledge about Lebanon dates back to the 1950’s and 1960’s. This gulf area was compared in beauty and sophistication to the French or Italian Riviera. It was a cosmopolitan playground. This became a memory in the 1970’s when Lebanon became embroiled in a civil war from 1975 – 1990 (due to demographic tensions over the Lebanese National Pact); and then as Israeli troops invaded Lebanon in 1978 and again in 1982. In 1982, Israel was able to push out the PLO from Lebanon. Syria intervened and kept a military presence in the region for 29 years. Next, there was the July, 2006 Lebanon War involving Hezbollah and Israel. Currently, there is the instability in the region which is effecting this gorgeous country. I do not know if Lebanon can ever regain its old status as a tourist hot spot.
Modern Middle East map
The following is some general…
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