I heard an interesting talk about Lebanon and what happened there during the war that started in the 1970’s. Lebanon was the only democracy in the Middle East and the only Christian country there. (Israel is not a democracy). They used to be known as the “Black Pearl” and the Eden of the Mid East. Sofia Lauren and Frank Sinatra used to vacation there.

Unfortunately that all changed for them after Jordan’s civil war. Jordan’s war was between King Hussein and Yasser Arafat. Arafat wanted to dethrone Hussein and a bloody war ensued. Jordan’s King had a “Black September” in which he killed more of Arafat’s followers in that month than Israel has. After Arafat’s defeat, no other Arab country would take his followers, except for Lebanon.

When his followers had enough members, they started war against the Lebanese Christians by going into one of the churches and killing 4 people there. That was the start of the Lebanese civil war, which was a war against Christians. The war was concentrated in the South, which was where the majority of Christians were.

Israel got involved in that war to help the Christians. The PLO then set up a base in Lebanon to attack Israel from. Syria sent in “peacekeepers” who sided with the Muslims against the Christians.

It was fascinating, and you can read more here.

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