As my flight touched down in Beirut, I had the feeling of returning to a land where deja vu is a fact of daily life. Where the same names persist for two decades or three or even more.
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Hezbollah and Damascus have tried their sticks, by invading Beirut and Mount Lebanon, and carrots, through the formation of a cabinet under Hariri. Yet they remain desperate to see Hariri denounce the tribunal.
This week Lebanon commemorated the 35th anniversary of its 1975-1990 Civil War, a conflict that claimed the lives of almost 200,000 people.
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