Israel, Lebanon and Syria
This is the first of what I suppose might turn into a string of threads about current events related to our reading.
As you probably know, Israel and Lebanon are currently exchanging blows in what may be poised to descend into full-scale war. I thought we could use this space to discuss that situation as it unfolds, and to draw some connections to the historical narrative Fromkin presents.
One section of the book that might be relevant appears in chapter 9 (iii), where Fromkin discusses the British attitude (and misunderstanding) concerning the relationship of Syria to the Ottoman Empire, extending into the discussion in 9 (iv) concerning the French presence in Lebanon and France's designs on Syria. How that plays into the present conflict, I'm not sure, but it seems like a potential entry point for understanding the historical background.