World: A Lesson in Lebanon

Any settlement in the Middle East depends as much on the Palestinian fedayeen commandos as on the Arab countries and Israel. Operating virtually as a separate state within the Arab lands, the fedayeen are powerful and popular enough to threaten any Arab leader inclined toward peace with Israel with the specter of popular revolt. Last week the point was driven home to Arabs everywhere by a violent show of Palestinian power that brought about the fall of the government of tiny Lebanon.

Anxious to avoid Israel's wrath, Lebanon had long tried to keep the...

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