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May 19, 2002

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From Beirut, a day trip north to Byblos.
Old Phoenician ruins at Byblos. The first alphabet may have been invented here by the Phoenicians, a seafaring people that lived along Lebanonís coast.
Thirty feet underneath the ruins lie ancient tombs of Phoenician kings.
Back in Beirut, this city shows scars of its 16 year civil war. Christian residents tell us they fought Palestinians who were trying to take their land. These people say the U.S. (acting on a plan by Kissinger) offered Christian land to the Palestinians in a deal to move the Palestinians out of Israel. The Lebanese Christians who lost their land were supposed to leave for the U.S. or Canada. However, the Christians refused to leave so civil war ensued.