LEBANON: The Patience of Job

It was carnage as usual in Beirut last week as Lebanon's 25th cease-fire in a year began with shelling, sniping and an opening-day death toll of 110. Moslem leftists advanced on the Christian-held port quarter of the capital by blowing a passage through already battle-scarred buildings, rather than moving through the streets. The city's international airport, under Moslem control, became a target for the first time when a dozen mortar rounds crashed into a hangar area, wounding seven and setting a Boeing 707 freighter on fire. Hopes were briefly raised when units...