LEBANON: Five Stages to Peace

After 40 days of civil war in Lebanon, the U.N.'s Dag Hammarskjold led a task force of peace, hoping to avert destruction of the tiny country and disaster in the Middle East. In a stagnant and ugly situation, he represented a last chance.

His start was auspicious. He arrived in Beirut only four days after 50 had died in the capital's bloodiest battle, and in the midst of tension so great that the U.S. embassy had told all 5,000 American residents of Lebanon to stay indoors for the day. But Dag Hammarskjold, imperturbable...