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Lebanon: Dynamics of Conflict
Lebanon: Dynamics of Conflict
By B. J. Odeh
Zed Press, 1985, 233 pp

One can find here a vast amount of information on the tangled maneuvers, plots, armed clashes and interventions that have marked the politics of Lebanon, especially in the past decade. But the facts do not stand by themselves; they are interpreted by an author who is a Palestinian and a Marxist. Thus, we read a great deal about the comprador bourgeoisie, the capitalist imperialists and the Zionists, and about the progressive forces and working masses of Lebanon who, together with the Palestinian resistance, are struggling heroically against them. The economic and social interpretation is in some respects a useful corrective to accounts which make of the Lebanese conflict a purely religious struggle, but only a true believer will swallow this whole.