Between Two Peoples: "On a brisk morning in late December, I squeezed into George Aslan's Chevrolet for the three-hour drive to Damascus. Usually, you have to book a seat in George's car several days in advance, but I didn't have any trouble getting a spot. Business for the Lebanese taxi driver has been slow lately.
Aslan has been running the Beirut-Damascus route every day for 43 years, and even the Lebanese civil war that raged between 1975 and 1990 didn't cut off the flow of travelers between the two capitals. But now, growing tension on the Lebanese-Syrian political front following the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri last February and a number of murders since has spilled over to the people."