We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Lebanon was just about to get its tourism business back. From a piece in Travelwire:
Tourism is one of the major economic drivers in Lebanon, generating a significant revenue for the national income. In 2004, around 1.3 million tourists arrived reflecting a 26% from 2003. The numbers grew higher above the average regional rate of 20.5% in the Middle East region. Visitors count was impressive for a country so small in size and population. Of the 2004 total, 545,150 were Arab nationals, 338,475 North and Latin Americans, and 152,075 Europeans and Asians. Up till end of July 2005, the statistics office said the country received 422,000. Tourism Minister H.E. Joseph Sarkis was bent on topping last year’s growth rate, if not, reaching at least the 1 million mark the country has traditionally enjoyed since 2000 until February 14 when the late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated.
Read the whole piece - a good update on the country in general.