Today in Middle Eastern history: the Lebanon War begins (1982)

The 1982-85 Lebanon War is probably better regarded as a phase of the 1975-90 Lebanese Civil War. It essentially marks the third phase of that longer war, following its first (the Lebanese National Movement and the PLO against the Christian Phalanges) and second (the Phalanges against the intervening Syrian army and the PLO against Israel) phases. … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Lebanon War begins (1982)

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Today in Middle Eastern history: Lebanon’s Bus Massacre (1975)

The Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) lasted 15 years and by most estimates killed 150,000-250,000 people. It was a brutal, extended mess of a war, not unlike the one currently going on next door in Syria. And today happens to be the anniversary of the event that started it, the massacre of 27 Palestinians by Christian … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Lebanon’s Bus Massacre (1975)