File - In this Oct. 13, 1976, file photo, a Palestinian Fatah guerrilla fires his machine gun at Syrian troops, near the resort town of Bhamdoun, mount Lebanon.
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With Monday marking the 40th anniversary of the start of Lebanon's Civil War, veterans of the conflict say a thorough discussion of its causes is required to prevent future conflict.Many issues related to the conflict remain unresolved, including the fate of an estimated 17,000 people who went missing and who are widely believed to have been executed by various rival militias.Lebanon has yet to publish a unified history of the conflict, and the anniversary of the war has been marked only by statements from Lebanese leaders in which they stress the need to avoid another conflict. Traboulsi noted that among the factors which led to the Civil War was the disinterest of the ruling class in pursuing socio-economic reform, despite the social unrest that took place across the country in the decade preceding the conflict.For several years during the war, Traboulsi served as the deputy general-secretary of the Organization for Communist Action in Lebanon, one of the many groups which participated in the fighting. Traboulsi said this phenomenon is particularly prevalent in sectarian conflicts like Lebanon's.Karim Pakradouni, former leader of the Kataeb Party, a major participant in the conflict, echoed Traboulsi's statements, saying a thorough examination of the war's causes is required in order to prevent the next generation from falling into the same trap.
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