Why the neighbors are calling the shots. By Daniel Engber
More of the incredibly complex recent history of the Middle East.
The land was under Ottoman control until World War I and then was part of independent Syria for two years. In 1920, Greater Syria (including what is now Lebanon) fell under French control. Lebanon, which the French had designated as a separate Christian state, gained independence in 1943.
Lebanon, gained independence as a separate Christian state during World War II! I am astounded.