The Republic of Amal

In light of yesterday’s Lebanese Forces post, I thought I would introduce you to Amal land:

Home of Imam Musa Sadr and Hard Rock Cafe:

More seriously, Sadr was the founder of the Amal movement and didn’t live to see its integration, like the Lebanese Forces, from militia to political party. That his image is used in contemporary capture-the-flag politics  belies his inclusive, self-empowering legacy.  
For more on Sadr’s facinating life and little-known tension with the Iranian leadership, I highly recommend Shaery-Eisenlohr’s book