The other week, we had dinner in a Lebanese restaurant. On the wall next to the booth that my husband and I shared, were various photographs of Lebanon. The owner must have seen us staring at these pictures as he came over to our table and began telling us about the various locations. Some of the writings on the photos looked like French words. We were informed that French is the official language of Lebanon.
The owner, I’ll refer to him as Jake (not his real name), was in a social mood as he stayed by our table and continued to talk to us as we were waiting for our food to arrive. Jake began by telling us the story of the Lebanese civil war. He was a leader in the “Christian Army” as opposed to the “Muslim Army”.
I’m going to cut to the chase. There was one story that he told us that we found particularly interesting. Jake told us that when the conflict first started, the US did NOT support the Christian Lebanese. Here’s Jake’s version (paraphrased) that is not told in our history books.
Henry Kissinger had a plan for Lebanon which was to remove the Christians and replace them with the Palestinians from Israel. Jake told us that the Lebanese Christians were offered “millions” of dollars for them to move out of Lebanon and to move to Canada. The “Christians” were not going to have any of that so they sought help and received help from Israel and the civil war continued.
Support for Jake’s story is difficult to find and it certainly is not the story that was on the evening news in the United States. Whether Jake’s story is true or not is just a matter of perspective.
If you have the time, here is an interesting article in Slate that discusses the civil war in Lebanon and what was happening in Iraq in 2006.
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