LEBANON: Beirut: Better, but Not Yet Well

The commercial hustle is back, but factional mistrust remains It happened slowly at first, but in Beirut these days the scene is almost a daily occurrence. A Lebanese merchant who had abandoned his shop at the height of fighting in the 1975-76 civil war appears at the door one morning, surveys the damage and sets about the job of reopening. Raking out waist-high rubble and empty shell casings the merchant uncovers the rotting remains of an unknown man, stripped naked by brigands of who can say which side. The owner, a Christian,...

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