Syrian Intervention in Lebanon

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Syrian Intervention in Lebanon

By Naomi Joy Weinberger
Oxford, 1986
367 pp. $29.95

No one, not even Hafez al-Assad himself, could write the definitive history of the Lebanese imbroglio and Syria's intervention in it. For an outside observer, moreover, the vision of Syrian decision-making is necessarily opaque. Naomi Weinberger does very well in disentangling events and straightening the record, using the local press and other contemporary sources as well as the published studies of other scholars. One salient point is how little the Syrians were influenced by their Soviet allies. The events of the civil war of 1975-76, so well described here, contain some lessons for today and tomorrow: a decade after its original incursion, Syria is still stuck with the Lebanese tar baby.

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