With all the doin's ahappenin' in Lebanon I thought it would be worth while to present a brief profile of the two countries. I got the information from the CIA World Fact Book so you know its right.
Per capita GDP = $4,800
Economic sectors = agriculture 12%; Industry 21%; Services 67%
Population below poverty line = 28%
Public Dept = 185% of GDP
Median age = 26.9
Life Expectancy = 72.35
Literacy Rate = Men 93.1%; Women 82.2%
Major ethnic/religious groups = Shi'a, Sunni, Druze, Isma'ilite, Alawite, Maronite Catholic, Melkite Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Roman Catholic, Protestant and other. There are 17 officially recognized religious communities.
Parliament seats are allocated by broad religious community = Muslims 64 seats (including Sunni 27, Shia 27, Druze 8 and Alawites 2); Christians 64 seats (including all sects, Maronites 34 seats);
Per capita GDP = $3,300
Economic sectors = agriculture 28.5%; Industry 29.4%; Services 42.1%
Population below poverty line = 20%
Public Dept = 89% of GDP
Median age = 20
Life Expectancy = 69.71
Literacy Rate = Men 89.7%; Women 64%
Major ethnic/religious groups = Arab 90.3%, Kurds, Armenians, and other 9.7%; Sunni Muslim 74%, Alawite, Druze, and other Muslim sects 16%, Christian (various sects) 10%, Jewish (tiny communities in Damascus, Al Qamishli, and Aleppo)
Country is a military/hereditary dictatorship lead by the Asad Family who are from the Alawite minority.
Neither country has much oil. Lebanon has a surplus of water in a region with a severe shortage of water. Syria is beset by factions within the dictatorial regime. The largest Shia party in Lebanon (Hezbollah) is closely tied to Syria and Iran through ideological and financial ties.
So what do you guys think?
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 7:01 AM