Beirut: Dust and ashes
In troubled times, we are surely bound to learn from history: In the fight for supremacy, nothing remains that’s worth the struggle.
In 1975 Lebanon became the battleground for religious and political supremacy in the Middle East. By and large, it was Christians pitted against Arabs. The civil war continued until 1990. Syria and Israel at different times stamped their own marks on the conflict which, on balance, did nothing but stoke the tensions and increase bloodshed, largely amongst civilian populations.
Deep scars were inflicted on the Lebanese people during which was, ironically, a period of exponential prosperity for most of the rest of the globe. In all, it’s estimated that around 150,000 people were killed and another 100,000 permanently handicapped by their injuries. Approximately 900,000 people, representing one-fifth of the pre-war population, were displaced from their homes.
The political situation in Lebanon remains sensitive due to the civil war in Syria and Israeli intransigence.
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© Rod McRiven 2017