Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon

Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon

by Robert Fisk


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Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon by Robert Fisk

With the Israeli-Palestinian crisis reaching wartime levels, where is the latest confrontation between these two old foes leading? Robert Fisk's explosive Pity the Nation recounts Sharon and Arafat's first deadly encounter in Lebanon in the early 1980s and explains why the Israel–Palestine relationship seems so intractable. A remarkable combination of war reporting and analysis by an author who has witnessed the carnage of Beirut for twenty-five years, Fisk, the first journalist to whom bin Laden announced his jihad against the U.S., is one of the world's most fearless and honored foreign correspondents. He spares no one in this saga of the civil war and subsequent Israeli invasion: the PLO, whose thuggish behavior alienated most Lebanese; the various Lebanese factions, whose appalling brutality spared no one; the Syrians, who supported first the Christians and then the Muslims in their attempt to control Lebanon; and the Israelis, who tried to install their own puppets and, with their 1982 invasion, committed massive war crimes of their own. It includes a moving finale that recounts the travails of Fisk's friend Terry Anderson who was kidnapped by Hezbollah and spent 2,454 days in captivity. Fully updated to include the Israeli withdrawl from south Lebanon and Ariel Sharon's electoral victory over Ehud Barak, this edition has sixty pages of new material and a new preface. "Robert Fisk's enormous book about Lebanon's desperate travails is one of the most distinguished in recent times."—Edward Said

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ISBN-13: 9781560254423
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Series: Nation Books Series
Pages: 752
Sales rank: 558,401
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 2.00(d)

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An Absolute Must Read!! 
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Beirut768 More than 1 year ago
Pity the Nation is a good book to read.
It is descriptive of what happened in Lebanon throughout the wars of others on the land of the Cedars.
Yes, the wars of others.
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.
What Lebanon got to do with that!!!!

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.
Lebanon has NEVER assaulted any country.
On the contrary, the Lebanese arena has often been `used' by others to temporarily solve their own problems or record winning scores.

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.
What Lebanon got to do with that!!!

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.

But at the end of the day, Lebanese never lost their identity.
The Lebanese are peaceful people.
In a Lebanese mind, trade relations take precedence over all others (notably politics)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
..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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am scared that people could aknowledge the military presence of a foreign country in his very own . my advice to you : get a life
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.