I spent about a year in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war, living in the U.S. Embassy with 12 other Marines (and an excellent Lebanese cook, Mr. Tony Saliba, who kept us jarheads well fed).As anyone who lived there anytime from 1975 until about 1990 will tell you, the Lebanese showed a remarkable ability to continue normal life and commerce - for which they're famous - during intense urban fighting. So we Yanks adopted their ways, and during lulls in the shelling we'd leave the embassy to enjoy the waterfront Corniche, or nightlife on Hamra street.For me, that invariably included dinner and of course wine, and I often tried the "local stuff" - from Ksara, Lebanon's oldwest winery, and Chateau…

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