LEBANON: The Blasting of Beirut

An all-out Syrian effort to crush the Christians

It has become another Stalin-grad." So said a weary Lebanese Christian, preparing to abandon his beloved city of Beirut—perhaps forever. Once again the sectarian violence that has savaged Lebanon for the past five years had erupted in a round of destruction and death. In an all-out effort to crush right-wing Christian militiamen with whom it has been fighting a months-long war, the 30,000-man Syrian peace-keeping force launched a devastating block-by-block assault on Christian areas of Beirut. By week's end it had left at least...

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