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|Chronology of Events|
|Map: The Divided City of Beirut|
|Map: The Multinational Force in Beirut 1982-4|
|Ch. 1||Sepia Pictures on a Wall: Szymon Datner and the ash pits of Auschwitz||1|
|Ch. 2||The Keys of Palestine: The foundation of Israel and the Palestinian diaspora||12|
|Ch. 3||The Pied Piper of Damascus: The rise and fall of the Lebanese state||48|
|Ch. 4||The Garden of Earthly Delights: Syrians, Palestinians and Israelis in Lebanon 1976-8||92|
|Ch. 5||The Gentleman from Marjayoun: The United Nations as a prisoner of Lebanon||134|
|Ch. 6||Let Them Come!: The armies of Lebanon prepare for war 1980-2||160|
|Ch. 7||No White Flags: Israel invades Lebanon June 1982||199|
|Ch. 8||The Gravedigger's Diary: The Israeli siege of Beirut June - July 1982||243|
|Ch. 9||Surgical Precision: The Israeli bombing of Beirut July - August 1982||282|
|Ch. 10||Dawn at Midnight: The PLO leaves and the Israelis enter west Beirut August - September 1982||319|
|Ch. 11||Terrorists: The massacre of Palestinians at Sabra and Chatila camps 16-18 September 1982||359|
|Ch. 12||Pandora's Box: Reporting under siege||401|
|Ch. 13||The 'Root': The return of the Multinational Force||443|
|Ch. 14||Beirut Addio: The humiliation of the West in Beirut||493|
|Ch. 15||The Retreat: The Israelis are forced out of southern Lebanon 1983-5||537|
|Ch. 16||Wait for Me: 'Islamic Jihad' and the torment of Lebanon||584|
|Ch. 17||Freedom: The Israeli army retreats behind its borders||628|
|Ch. 18||The Massacre: Israeli's artillery slaughters 106 Lebanese at Qana||669|
Posted October 11, 2004
Outstanding reportage by Fisk! While he certainly deals with the shambles of Lebanese politics and Syria's role in it, the story of Israel's invasions--the destruction of Sidon and West Beirut, and their unrelenting mendacity about their responsibility for outrageous war crimes--is almost unbearable to read.
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Posted November 10, 2008
Pity the Nation is a good book to read. <BR/>It is descriptive of what happened in Lebanon throughout the wars of others on the land of the Cedars. <BR/>Yes, the wars of others. <BR/>In my library I have placed this valuable book under the caption `Biography' because I feel Bob Fisk has endured personal hardships at times and very sad events endangered by the intermittent fighting of the rival factions, like Palestinians fighting Palestinians one group was Pro-Syria, the other Pro-Iraq. Syrian Islamite fighting the Syrian secular Baathist regime of Hafiz al Assad. Amal Shia fought Pro-Iraq militias, and many groups changed alliances depending on the heated `Cold Wars' between the USA and USSR. Etcetera. <BR/>What Lebanon got to do with that!!!! <BR/><BR/>Indeed the term "Lebanon at War" is not absolutely applicable in this case, because in the annals of Lebanon's history, this country has NEVER attacked or assaulted its neighbors. <BR/>Lebanon has NEVER assaulted any country. <BR/>On the contrary, the Lebanese arena has often been `used' by others to temporarily solve their own problems or record winning scores. <BR/><BR/>Even amidst French rivalries in 1981 that accentuated in local polemics between the Socialists, the De Gaullists and the then weak Extreme Right, the French Ambassador to Lebanon, Louis Delamare, was shot and killed by assassins as he drove to his home in the so called West Beirut (predominantly Muslims). Three gunmen stopped his car a few yards from his residence, and, in what camouflaged to look like an attempted kidnapping, tried to enter the car. Failing to open the door, they shot the ambassador several times through the windshield, then fled in their car driven by a fourth man. Delamare's driver was unharmed and carried the ambassador to the hospital. A few hours later he was pronounced dead from the multiple head and chest wounds. At first, with no one claiming responsibility for the incident, there was speculation that pro-Iranian elements were involved because of the political asylum being granted in France to Iran's former president, Bani- Sadr. Other Arab sources, however, claimed that Syria was responsible for the assassination, possibly through the radical Palestinian group Assifa, led by Abu Nidal. It is said that Syrian President Assad's well-known displeasure with Arafat's recent independent diplomacy has lent his support of the radical group. Delamare's only crime may have been his escort only days before of French Foreign Minister Claude Cheysson to a meeting with Arafat in Beirut. <BR/>What Lebanon got to do with that!!! <BR/><BR/>Even the IDF (Israeli Defensive Force) attempted to break everyone. They played local villagers against their neighbours when it became apparent that each was of a different ideology. They armed, clothed, bribed small groups of youngsters of each faith to work for them, and, indeed, do the ugly side of their games. <BR/><BR/>But at the end of the day, Lebanese never lost their identity. <BR/>The Lebanese are peaceful people. <BR/>In a Lebanese mind, trade relations take precedence over all others (notably politics)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2006
..Good book , tried to reveal some truth but TRUTH you cannot know it unless you live in the war itself. I am a Christian Lebanese born in that war and no one can describe the atrocity of what we enountered and the whole world watched it and blamed the Lebanese people for it. Why we did not see UN soldiers coming and putting a stop to the Syrian bombs attacking Beirut while the people were being killed? A powerful book you can certanily read it and seek for the truth after that. Behind every war there are opportunist countries who want to sell their bombs and make money...and they make themselves innocents and peacekeepers after that.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 6, 2004
Posted July 20, 2004
The Lebanese were victims of their circumstances. The Syrians, being opportunists, took over the country for economic gains and to come one step closer to realize their dreams of a greater Syria. Volatile neighbors continue to plague Lebanon, whose rich history has been tarnished by those seeking to exploit the country.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 31, 2003
The Lebanese people have showed over and over again their incapability of taking care of their own country, politically and economically. Its a good thg we have a country like Syria willing to help and stand with us. Lebanon isnt even considered among 3/4 of the world, and the truth of the matter is, Why are Lebanese people so conceited? Let us not be ignorant and oblivious to what the Lebanese have done to themselves and their 'nation'. It is this closed minded, selfish mentality that the below reviewer has , that has ruined the country and rotted the brains of the growing generations. What a pity indeed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2003
i believe that syria is the biggest threat to lebanon's economy,freedom,and it's own identity.it's very sad that syria gets to inforce and choose the government for lebanon, including the the president that suits syria's best iterest,where is the justice and the democrecy that the lebanese people deserve. thank you,sencerely yours, charbel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2008
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Posted January 21, 2009
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Posted December 6, 2008
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