A picture of Lebanon map circulating lately on Social Media with a title: “What if…”.
That picture shows Lebanon map disconnected totally from its inland borders and floating in the Mediterranean sea as island. Is that really our sole solution??
That picture reminded me of the final siege of Tyre and its defeat by Alexander the Great…
Unfortunately, the real issue does not come from without, it comes from within…
In 332 B.C. Alexander the Great decided to conquer of the seemingly impenetrable Phoenician island fortress of Tyre.
Alexander, after laying siege to the massive fort for seven months, made his final assault by having his engineers build a half-mile causeway or isthmus, connecting the island to the mainland – A stunning feat.
In 332 BC, at the time of the siege, the city held approximately 40,000 people, though the women and children were evacuated to Carthage, an ancient Phoenician colony.
The Carthaginians also promised to send a fleet to their mother city’s aid.
As Alexander did not have much of a navy, he resolved to take the city by building a causeway that connect Tyre to the mainland.
Alexander is said to have personally taken part in the attack on the city. For months the people of Tyre watched the slow progress of Alexander’s advance through the sea.
Every night when they went to their beds Alexander was a little nearer. The next night a little nearer still and the following night he was nearer yet.
Pent in their walled city, the psychological effect must have been great indeed. These were an ancient people; they knew full well what atrocities impended.
With desperation born of terror the Tyrians fought back with an innovative ferocity remarkable even in ancient times.
Alexander’s vengeance was of a proportion appropriate to his legendary life.
Close to 10,000 were on that day butchered. 2000 young men were crucified. 20,000 women and children were sold into slavery.
And in the midst of the carnage Alexander decreed a celebratory feast and games on a lavish scale befitting the victory over Tyre.