n.— «The war broke out at the peak of the tourist season, when tens of thousands of wealthy visitors from the Gulf were expected to enjoy high-spending holidays in Lebanon. Instead, those in the country at the time found themselves paying hundreds of dollars for desperate taxi rides to safety in Damascus. This year the “Gulfies,” as the Lebanese call them, did not come back. Investment from the oil-rich Gulf states, which Hariri had banked on to jump-start the economy, has also largely dried up.» —“Dreams of prosperity drain from bleeding heart” by Ed O’Loughlin in Beirut, Lebanon The Age (Melbourne, Australia) Sept. 28, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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