Beirut: dust and ashes

In these deeply troubled times of our own making, we are surely bound to learn from history: In the fight for supremacy, nothing ever remains that’s worth dominating.

In 1975 Lebanon became a 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 the civilian population.

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.

>Photographs: Pinterest<
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Daily Star and A Separate State of Mind
>Music: The Wanton Bishops – “Sleep With The Lights On”<

© Rivenrod 2017

One thought on “Beirut: dust and ashes

  1. I’m happy and angry all at the same time. Love the talent and the music, hate the vile politics that pit neighbors against each other. Many many years ago I met a Cypriat who attended school in Beirut – described it as a jewel while mourning its destruction – but apparently…

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