Wednesday, February 16, 2005

How Come Syria Controls Lebanon?

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.

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