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Through history, research and personal interviews, Cathy Sultan chronicles life in southern Lebanon and northern Israel during the brutal war of the summer of 2006. As in her other critically acclaimed books, Sultan focuses on ordinary people, who are overlooked by politicians and military leaders and become victims of poor decisions made by the governments of Israel, Lebanon and the United States.
She vividly portrays the polluting effects of cluster bombs and explains how different factions within the Lebanese government keep it on the brink of further violence. She writes of the tiny Shabba Farms area's importance to Hezbollah and of the refugee camp that holds members of Fatah al-Islam, a Sunni militant group, despite efforts of the Lebanese army. Sultan also addresses media treatment of the war, dispels common myths about the region, and includes a timeline of Lebanese history, and maps depicting violence around the area.
|Publisher:||Mighty Media, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.53(d)|
About the Author
Cathy Sultan is also the author of A Beirut Heart (Scarletta Press, 2005) and Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides (Scarletta Press, 2006). She sits on the Executive Board of the National Peace Foundation, where she directs Middle East educational projects. She is also involved with "Women in Black," a group that stands in silent vigil to protest war, ethnic cleansing and human rights abuses. She and her husband currently live in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Qana, April 18, 1996 1
The Origins of Chaos 7
War Memories of My Own 13
South Lebanon and Gaza: Two Failed Policies 19
The July War 29
One Battle, Two Perspectives 49
Cluster Bombs and Other Environmental Hazards 59
Water Wars and Land Grabs: The Litani River and The Shebaa Farms 73
New Worries: The Palestinians and Fatah Al-Islam 89
The Media's Coverage of the War: Myth Versus Reality 99
Despair or Hope? 109
Lebanon timeline: From Ancient Times to the Present 117
Glossary: List of Characters, Places and Events 145