If Jeffrey Goldberg and I ever decide to take a vacation together (look, it's possible), I think I've found the perfect place. Beirut:
The last question came from Bertho, a 28-year-old Lebanese tour operator who was the host of the main event that Thursday night in June: the Bear Arabia Mega Party, at the Oceana resort about 30 minutes south of Beirut. Scores of gay men most of them “bears,” a term used the world over for heavyset, hairy guys usually older than 30 were coming from across Lebanon and the Arab world, as well as Argentina, Italy, Mexico, the United States and elsewhere.
Discussion of Middle Eastern politics with a healthy dash of back hair. What's not to love? I suspect it was seeing beautiful Israeli soldiers as a teenager on a trip to the Holy Land that made me a Zionist. As a troubled teen from East Grinstead, it was quite an eye-opener.