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Lebanon, a state that when proudly referred to as itself the Switzerland of the center East, is these days a rustic in call most effective. Its authorities controls little extra than half of the country's capital, Beirut. Its as soon as-vibrant economic system is a shambles. And its society is fragmented - so fragmented, a few believe, that it can be impossible to re-create a unified kingdom responsive to the needs of all its numerous peoples. Lebanon lies at the jap shore of the Mediterranea n Sea, in that part of southwestern Asia known as the center East. due to its area - at the crossroads of Asia, Europe, and Africa - Lebanon has been the middle of trade and exchange for hundreds of years. It has additionally been at the path of severa conquering armies. With a place of 4,half square miles, Lebanon is one of the smallest countries inside the center East. it is smaller than every country within the United States besides Delaware, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Lebanon is sandwiched between Syria within the north and east and Israel in the south. The most distance from the state's northern border to the southern one is only 130 miles. And the most distance from the Mediterranean Sea to the Lebanon-Syria border is 50 miles. in the south, along the border with Israel, Lebanon's jap border is most effective 20 miles from the ocean. although a tiny land, Lebanon boasts a extremely good variety in its panorama which makes it one of the most picturesque nations within the world. The coast line is br oken by way of many bays and inlets of varying length. At a few points, the mountains wade silently proper into the sea - then climb all of sudden tier on tier away from the Mediterranean to the sky. due to the trouble of flat agricultural land, all but the steepest hillsides have been patiently and smartly terraced and planted with garlands of twisted grapevines.