LEBANON: Sentence Executed

In Beirut's plush American quarter the unshaven man in the dirty grey sweater attracted no attention. Ignored by the gossiping Lebanese police on the corner, he waited patiently until a grey Opel sedan got almost abreast of him in the narrow street. Then, calmly setting his shopping bag on the sidewalk, he pulled out a Beretta submachine gun and opened fire. Inside the car 34-year-old Colonel Ghassan Jedid Defense Commissar of Syria's outlawed Socialist Nationalist Party and onetime commandant of the Syrian military academy, slumped over dead.

Beyond the fact that he...

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