LEBANON: Retreat on the Levant

Safe in the back hills of Lebanon, some 35 miles from Beirut, a Lebanese rump government sat tight last week and awaited developments in its struggle for independence with the French Mandate authorities (TIME, Nov. 22), Its best game was to wait, to let the pressure of a general strike, uneasiness throughout the Levant and the Arab world, powerful influence from Britain and the U.S. force the French Committee of National Liberation to come to terms.

Lebanese President Bechara El Khoury and Premier Riad Solh were still detained by the French. All titles...

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