Holiday in Hezbollah Land
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This morning I took my third trip to Baalbek ... yes, it is that good ... it is the most impressive Roman ruins Iâ€™ve been to (not that Iâ€™ve been to that many). The Lonely Planet says it outshines any of the Temples built in Rome itself.
This has always been a poor and conservative area and the Hezbollah have made inroads into the peopleâ€™s hearts by providing what the government hasnâ€™t ... schools, water, medical etc. Like the Islamist party in Yemen. A bit like the Salvation Army.
Whatâ€™s different this time is that the Hezbollah have setup an information centre right at the entrance to the Baalbek ruins. I took a peek and there were no-holds-barred pictures of body parts and charred bodies from Israeli attacks.
Local vendors are now also selling Hezbollah T-shirts. Not a good shirt for going through airport security or customs on the way home.
By the way, the thing that was conspicuously absent on this excursion were Syrian soldiers. The Syrian withdrawal after my second trip has left the intercity roads now staffed by Lebanese soldiers.