MIDDLE EAST: How to Break the Logjam?

The fresh wave of fighting that rolled across Lebanon last week abruptly shattered any expectations that the election of a new President to succeed embattled Suleiman Franjieh might open the way for a resolution to the country's 13-month civil war. If anything, the selection of Elias Sarkis, 51, by parliamentary deputies who were forced to brave bullets to cast their ballots seemed to lead only to heightened hostilities.

Moslem leftists, who had tried to block the election to protest Syrian pressure in favor of Sarkis and the Christian right, turned their anger...

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