LEBANON: Mafia Morals

Christian vs. Christian again

When Lebanon's Christians and Muslims are not fighting each other, they are apt to be warring among themselves. Last week, as various Muslim groups skirmished with each other in West Beirut, a far more important fight took place between Christian militia armies in East Beirut and along the coast to the north of the capital. The Phalangists of Pierre Gemayel virtually wiped out the forces of their chief rival, National Liberal Party Leader (and former President) Camille Chamoun, thereby emerging as the dominant Christian military group in Lebanon.


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