LEBANON: Clearing the Way

Convoyed from his native coastal village by a task force of rifle-slung motorcyclists and troop-filled jeeps, Major General Fuad Chehab rode to his inauguration as Lebanon's new president through a capital seething under a 48-hour curfew. In all its five-month civil war, Lebanon had never been more tense. This time it was the Christians who had erupted into new violence in protest against the abduction of a Christian journalist and backer of retiring President Camille Chamoun.

Ignoring the tension, the new President called on his countrymen to work with him for the...

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