LEBANON: Beirut's Agony Under the Guns of March

It offers lingering visitors luxurious furnished apartments with a lovely sea view, right in the middle of the best hotels. Under the same roof, anyone who chooses to do so can live, indulge in business, exercise a profession, get supplies, eat, drink and enjoy himself. A dream come true.

In grim contrast to its publicity brochures, Beirut's 26-floor Holiday Inn last week was more a nightmare than a dream come true. The only visitors lingering in the shell-pocked, fire-scorched tower beside the Mediterranean were alternating bands of Christian militiamen trying to hold...