LEBANON: Posing the Right Question

So urgent were the portents of the civil war in Lebanon that cries of panic and defeat resounded throughout the West, increased by hints of "volunteers'' from the East. Headlines, further exaggerating newspapers' excited stories, spoke of tanks, planes and troops locked in "raging" battle for Lebanon and the whole Arab world. Wherever diplomats drank, voices were heard forecasting that the West was headed for a second Suez, and demanding to know when the West was going to face up to Nasser. U.S. Senator John Kennedy declared that the U.S. stood on...

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