Category: Lebanon

Lebanese-ness and Phoenician genetic markers

 There is an important section in Friedman’s “From Beirut to Jerusalem” that talks about the Phoenician-descent myth that Lebanese Christians invented for themselves, and how the Israelis bought into it hook-line-and-sinker as they were preparing for their first Lebanese invasion and occupation (circa 1980).  I continue to be dismayed by how much residual resentment still …

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Lebanon falls

 Sent: Wed 6/11/2008 8:15 PM To: [deleted] Subject: RE: Lebanon Falls. Dear [deleted] and friends, Normally I wouldn’t respond to something like this, but when you wrote that this was “the clearest picture of the situation in Lebanon and the Middle East” that you have seen, I felt it deserved a closer look.  Because it is …

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Dreaming of what once was

 Dear Janna,  Perhaps the answer is to out-market the vision of what is possible vs. the vision of those things feared or coveted.  Somehow, we’ve got to convince people that the alternative to fear and avoidance of insecurity is better than the status quo.  When I opined earlier about my Levantine dream, I forgot to …

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Memories

 Either Prime Minister Siniora studied at the George Bush – John McSame School of Diplomacy or he is suffering profound memory loss.  According to Haaretz, he has today branded Hezbollah as worse than Israel, saying “even the Israeli enemy never dared to do to Beirut what Hezbollah has done.”  http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/982080.html  According to Wikipedia, it is …

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Man of war

 Here’s a great article about Robert Fisk by Rachel Cooke:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/apr/13/middleeastthemedia.lebanon  …an interesting paragraph for those of us who lived “over there” and still love Lebanon dearly: One of the striking things about Fisk is that he has never gone native – or, as he puts it, ‘become one of those mad loonies who go …

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Clinton, Obama, and Cluster Bombs

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-rees/clinton-obama-and-clust_b_84811.html For those of you who will be voting tomorrow on “Super Tuesday” and days following, this post has some relevance to the wee little “droppings” Israel left all over south Lebanon during the last days of its war with Hezbollah (or, as I still call it, “The Rape of Lebanon”)… +++ Clinton, Obama, and …

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Ticking Clocks and “Accidental” War

 http://joshualandis.com/blog/?p=418  In addition to furthering our conversation/speculation about a coming war with Iran, this article by Alistair Crooke is interesting in that it mentions yet another idea about the recent IDF “attack” on Syria (one you won’t likely hear from American or Israeli news sources). If you’ll read the comments afterwards, you’ll notice one by …

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