Having a Good Time On the Green Line

After decades of war and devastation, Lebanon stages a surprising comeback

Beirut's beautiful people are crammed into B-018, a hot nightclub near the downtown waterfront. Muscle men in jeans and miniskirted femmes fatales are dancing hip to hip, tossing back glasses of Johnnie Walker. Everybody's relishing the moment, as the city boogies its way out of the ashes.

Lebanon is making a comeback following a quarter-century of war that left 150,000 people dead. The coming-out party is this week, as kings, princes and presidents from around the Middle East descend on its capital for an Arab summit meeting. There, they are set to endorse a new initiative aimed at achieving peace with...

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