Lebanon: A Country's Slow Death

The Prime Minister resigns as Muslim factions battle it out

"No one can justify what is happening in our capital. To apologize to you, brothers, for what has happened, I tender to you and to Beirut the resignation of the national unity government, which has been shattered by conflict among brothers."

With those words, Rashid Karami, 63, one of Lebanon's most durable politicians, explained in a radio broadcast last week his decision to resign as Prime Minister of Lebanon. His crisis-torn government had lasted only a year and had been unable lo make any progress toward national reconciliation. Its passing, only a few days after the tenth anniversary of the start...

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