By Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach
Forty years ago, in April 1975, the Vietnam War came to an end. But that same month, a civil war was beginning in another part of the world. The war in Lebanon would eventually take the lives of an estimated 150,000 people and devastate the country’s infrastructure, before coming to an end in 1990.
Just next door to Lebanon, a brutal war has been raging now for more than four years in Syria. A year and a half into the conflict, I asked an analyst in Lebanon how long he thought the war in Syria might last. He said, “The best case scenario is five years. The worst case scenario is 20 years or more.”
At the time I thought his assessment was pessimistic. Now, with no end in sight to Syria’s war, I see that it was all too realistic. Many in Lebanon fear that the war will cross over into its borders. In some ways, it already has…