Jenise wrote:For a lot of Americans, I think "Beirut" is synonymous with "war zone" and has been for the last thirty years or so.
That's absolutely the case. But even among Lebanese, it's so.
I find this to be very interesting. My ex is Lebanese- both parents grew up there, most family still there. When I expressed concern about a planned annual trip there to visit grandparents and other family, I was met with defensiveness and the following statement repeated often: "Lebanon is the Switzerland of the Middle East". My point of view that this may not be the safest place for a vacation was resented mightily.
This was in 2001 if I'm not mistaken.