LEBANON: Carving Out a Christian Canton

Reluctantly convinced that Beirut is a dying city, the U.S. Embassy last week announced that it was suspending most operations in the Lebanese capital; by radio and newspaper ads, it urged the few remaining Americans to leave in a U.S.-sponsored international evacuation this week. In Cairo, meanwhile, the Arab League admitted failure so far in imposing peace in Lebanon. Despite a force of 2,300 Arab troops there as peacemakers, the league has been unable to mediate a cease-fire between the Christians and Moslems that have savaged Lebanon in the course of its...

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