This guy has been in Lebanon for days and now is writing the history of the civil war: "These two poor, adjacent neighborhoods have been defined by volleys of gunfire since at least the 1980s, when Syria occupied Lebanon and Sunnis resisted." Well, the wars of Tripoli were not sectarian at first, and involved communists versus Islamists at various points. But the notion that Syria "occupied Lebanon and Sunnis resisted" is laughable. In fact, if Syria entered Lebanon in 1976 at the invitation of Lebanese fascist leaders, it entered Lebanon in 1987 at the invitation of Beirut Sunni leaders who wanted to rid themselves of Shi`ite and Druze militias. As for Sunni resistance to Syrian domination, it can really be marked at 2005: "Sunnis" resisted Syrian "occupation" AFTER Syrian forces withdrew from Lebanon. For the record.