The 1975 Civil War in Lebanon

Video Transcript

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"People say it’s a civil war. The media like to say it’s a civil war. I personally refuse to say it’s a civil war. The war started in ‘75, officially. It started before that, against the Palestinians. The Palestinians, for lots of reasons, decided to fight Israel from Lebanon. The Palestinians were in camps, protected. They couldn’t get out of the camps. There was the Lebanese army protecting them. For some reason, all of a sudden, they became armed, and they wanted to fight Israel from Lebanon. So some people say it was a civil war. I refuse to say it because as a Christian who fought and did the war, I had Muslims fighting with me. But the majority of the Muslims did not take a position against the Palestinians. They took an Arab position. Meaning, 'we are Arabs, the Palestinians are Arabs, we have to help them to fight Israel.' This was not our position. But again, we did not fight the Sunni in Lebanon. We fought the Palestinians. So I can’t call it a civil war."

In this video, a Lebanese national discusses the 1975 civil war in Lebanon.