Sunday, November 18, 2007

Talal and I were talking about this in LA last week. We need somebody to do a PhD dissertation on the Beirut's Intra Bank crisis of 1966. I still can't believe that there has not been an in-depth academic study of the story. This is a most interesting story with so many dimensions, and so many local, regional, and international players. I remember as kid when Lebanese TV ran the propaganda series, FBI. Lebanese joked at the time (yes, Arabs do joke on occasions when they are not throwing shoes at one another) that FBI stands for "fallas bunk intra" (Intra Bank Has gone Bankrupt).