Phalangists - Phalangists Phalangist, Phalange and Phalange...

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Phalangists Phalangist, Phalange and Phalange party are what westerners have come to call the Lebanese Kataeb Democratic Party. The word Phalange is a corruption of the Arabic word for phalanx. The Phalangists were a Lebanese Christian political party and militia. Their original purpose was to stand up for Maronite, or Lebanese Christian, rights and to oppose Arab nationalism and pan-Arabism. It had an unflinchingly right wing agenda and was not afraid to use armed force, terrorism and skullduggery to achieve its objectives. The Kataeb party was formed in November 1936 by Pierre Gemayel, a Lebanese Christian who was inspired by the youth movements and order of Nazi Germany and Fascist Spain. The party won popular support before, during and immediately after WW2 for opposing the French colonial mandate. In the early years of Lebanese independence, Phalangist influence was limited. By 1958, tension between the majority Muslim population and the ruling Christian elite had come to a head and Muslims openly invited an invasion from Syria and Egypt. The army was
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