The Lebanon War

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - History - 195 pages
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In April of 1975, Lebanon, the tranquil Middle Eastern country called the Switzerland of the Orient, exploded into a violent conflict that lasted almost two decades. This book explores the convoluted politics and forces within Lebanon and the Near East that made the atmosphere in that tiny republic highly charged, thus inhibiting conflict resolution. This comprehensive study describes the strategies, battles, and conferences that kept Lebanon aflame, despite the best efforts of all concerned parties to terminate the bloodshed. Abraham looks at Lebanon from the inside-out, highlighting the conflicting politics of Lebanese leaders, the failure of the democratic left to take over the state, and the underlying problem of the PLO's presence in the country.

 

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Contents

AMBUSH AT HIGH NOON
1
CRIMSON SKIES
13
THE BATTLE FOR BEIRUT
31
SYRIAN INTERLUDE
51
THE LIGHTS OF ZAATAR
69
THE POLITICS OF DILEMMA
87
THE BORDER WAR
101
THE CAMPAIGN FOR ZAHLE
117
FURY OUT OF ZION
135
DEATH STALKS THE NIGHT
159
CONCLUSION
173
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Page xi - However, by the mid-1970s, Lebanon's tranquillity began to evaporate as external forces began to impinge on the factional, sectarian structure of the state. Finally, external conspiracies set Lebanon ablaze, launching it on a countdown to destruction that, in the long run, served to extract it from the Free World's western front in the Middle East.
Page xi - Like a fine Swiss timepiece, Lebanon, which is a cultural, ethnic, and religious mosaic, functioned well. However, this is not to imply that Lebanon was a fairy-tale land but, rather, that it faced far fewer domestic problems among its sects and groups than any of its neighbors.

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A. J. ABRAHAM teaches at John Jay College and New York Institute of Technology and has guest lectured on Lebanon at several colleges and universities in the United States. He has lived in Lebanon and has travelled throughout the Near East.

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