It breaks my heart to see what has become of my beloved Beirut, Lebanon. As a preteen, I spent two years in boarding school in Beirut and absolutely fell in love with the city. I could see the Mediterranean Sea from my room and enjoyed wandering the city streets of East Beirut, which is the Christian section of the city. At the time, Beirut was nicknamed the "Paris of the Middle East", though the Lebanese were far most hospitable than any French whom I've encountered.
But sadly, all that has changed since the Lebanese Civil War which took place from 1975-1990. And the infiltration of Hezbollah has destroyed any hopes for the revival of the western Beirut I remember so fondly.
Read the following article from Jihad Watch:
Lebanese Defense Minister says no to American military aid if weapons can't be used against Israel
"But deep down, he really, really wants peace! '"No to US aid with conditions,"' from the Jerusalem Post, August 11 (thanks to Choi):
BEIRUT -- 'Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr Wednesday said he would reject any American military assistance to the Lebanese army if it comes with conditions that the weapons not be used against Israel.
Murr was commenting on the decision by a US congressman to suspend $100 million of military aid to Lebanon over concerns the weapons could be turned on Israel and that Hezbollah may have influence over the Lebanese army.
He stated that those who want to help the Lebanese army but place conditions on how their funds or weapons are used, should keep the money....'
Sounds like a plan!"