The world got a new democracy last week and Free France made
character for itself in the Middle East. Two months after he freed
Syria, Free French General Georges Catroux announced the end
of France's Mandate over Lebanon, Syria's coastal neighbor,
pronounced it an independent republic with its capital at Beirut.
Thus Allied promises of last summer to free both Syria and Lebanon
were fulfilled. The Biblical land of silk, olives and tall cedars (long
since decimated for lumber), a western terminus of the oil pipeline
from Iraq, gained complete independence for the first time...
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