||[Jul. 13th, 2006|11:09 pm]
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Well, having started this community, I am going to start it off by posting its first question. This question can be roughly summarized as:
What is the deal with Lebanon?
I seriously tried to Wikipedia this for like two hours today, and I just. don't. get it. Today, obviously, there were all kinds of bombings and bad things going on between Israel and Lebanon. Lebanon abducted some Israeli soldiers; Israel retaliated with bombings, leaving a whole bunch of people in Lebanon dead. I was completely confused. I was like, "But... Israel is at war with Palestine! Lebanon? WTF Lebanon?"
In Wikipedia-ing, I got a very incomplete picture of what's up. I got that decades back a whole bunch of displaced Palestinians moved out of Israel and into the southern part of Lebanon. I get that those displaced Palestinians weren't big fans of Israel, and that the situation worsened in like 1981, when they attacked Israel across the border one too many times, and Israel sent an army in in response. And then there was some messiness with civilian slaughters and things, and things got worse. But I'm missing so very much information.
I'm missing, first of all, what the deal is between Syria and Lebanon, and how it relates to the situation with Israel. I'm gathering that Syria isn't a big fan of Israel, and I'm also gathering that the Syrian government has had a finger in the pie over in the government of Lebanon for awhile. I am not getting whether this means that the Lebanese government is anti-Israel or not. I know that the original kidnapping that sparked this mess today was by Hezbollah, a political party (not the ruling party if I understand this correctly) in Lebanon that I think was founded by those displaced Palestinians from long ago, and that the US and the EU class it as a terrorist organization, though the UN is apparently still on the fence about that. Hezbollah is obviously anti-Israel, but I'm not clear on where the current Lebanese government stands. And I'd like to know what Syria has to do with it. (I also want to know what the heck is up with last year's assassination of Rafik Hariri, the former PM of Lebanon - Syria is apparently implicated in that, but if Syria and Lebanon are buddy-buddy why are they assassinating its former prime minister? But I don't think that's related, really.)
I just... aaargh. As you can see, my knowledge is very, very limited, and I'm sure I have much of the above-listed information wrong. Can anybody help?