1,400 years later, they are still in the fire, as the Maronite Christians of Lebanon and the Copts of Egypt can testify.
"A word to the wise . . ." END
FOOTNOTE: Michael Totten -- an independent journalist whose beat is the ME, and who has routinely given outstanding coverage -- has an interview on what it was like for an Israeli to visit S Lebanon. Eye-opening. For instance, try this scoop from Jonathan Spyer, the Israeli who visited S Lebanon:
A perfect storm is brewing in the Middle East. We’re experiencing the convergence of two historical phenomena. The first is the rise of Iran, which we’ve already talked about. We have an ambitious ideological elite committed to radical Islam and the expansion of power. Second, in country after country in the Middle East, various forms of radical Islam are becoming the most popular and vivid forms of political expression. We have Hamas among the Palestinians, Hezbollah among the Shia of Lebanon, the Islamic Action Front in Jordan, and the Muslim Brothers in Egypt . . .