March 06, 2008

Lunacy in Lebanon

The Lebanese Republic is a small, mostly mountainous country in the Western Asia, on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east, and Palestine to the south.

Okay, there's no rule or treaty out there saying Lebanon has to recognize the State of Israel. (Although if Abu Muqawama had been invaded by a country three times since 1978 and partially occupied for 18 years he might bother to learn the country's name.) But this is from a United Nations website, not the Lebanese Government. Israeli friends, it's okay: you're not being paranoid if someone really is out to get you. (h/t MK)

Second, via Arabist, why is "knight" considered a specialized profession in Lebanon? Are knights the children of wealthy parliamentarians? And why have their ranks swelled and waned in recent years?

Update: Well, well, well. The UN has updated the website. Apparently Lebanon is now bordered to the south by the Zionist Entity. Who knew?!