LEBANON: Wrong Place and Time

"My Government and people should not abandon me because of my color and my race," implored the strained voice on a tape recording delivered to the American embassy in Beirut late last week. U.S. officials in the Lebanese capital quickly confirmed that the voice was that of a black U.S. Army officer, Colonel Ernest R. Morgan, 43, who had been kidnaped by terrorists on June 29.

Unexpected Help. Believed to be ultraleftist members of the Palestinian guerrilla movement, the kidnapers threatened that Morgan would be murdered unless the U.S. provided sizable food, clothing and construction aid for al Maslakh (Arabic...

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