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Correspondent Mike Bond asks: Can we war less?

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Lebanon was a paradise when I first arrived there as a young man. The golden sun and brilliant sea, the ancient streets, the hubbub of cultures, the food and wines, the tanned and sensual young women, the perfume of many million flowers, the pine hills and cold white peaks, all imbued it with a near-sacred substance. This, I felt, is a place where all peoples come together, vibrant with history, wisdom, lust, and delight. Civil war soon turned Lebanon into a battlefield of smashed buildings and bloody streets. Syria was one of the loveliest places on our planet. Damascus, Homs and other cities so old that every handful of dust was thick with centuries of human flesh and blood. Iridescent…

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