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March 02, 2015


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Mitch H.

I was in Lebanon last August, and *EVERYBODY* said not to go into the Bekaa unless you had family business up there, and to stay the hell away from Tripoli while you're at it. So I went to Byblos instead, which was nice, although from all accounts not nearly as spectacular as the Baalbek ruins.

The overwhelming majority of Lebanese loathe ISIS, but there are a lot of Syrian refugees, and a not-insignificant percentage of those are at least sympathetic. There were a rash of kidnappings in the Bekaa last spring and summer.

Even Beirut wasn't entirely safe last summer, every other corner had armed men eyeballing traffic, after a couple of Saudis blew themselves up in a west-side hotel.

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