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The Middle East Situation

For a nation with a philosophical penchant for logic and a foreign policynormally based on an objective - some would say cynical - assessment of nationalinterest, the French can be surprisingly irrational and subjective when it comesto Lebanon. One explanation of France's sudden decision to order an eight-shiparmada into the eastern Mediterranean is, therefore, simply that the French havea bee in their beret about the Lebanese Christians....