Visitors or Conquerors?

The motives of Israel's forces in Lebanon remain unclear

Along the coastal highway north of the Israeli border, road signs in Hebrew point the way to Beirut, Nabatiyah, Sidon and other cities. Israeli military policemen with red armbands and white helmets direct traffic at key intersections, and the road has been newly blacktopped to speed the transport of Israeli men and materiel. As the highway approaches Beirut, it passes several large encampments of Israeli soldiers.

Israel's invasion of Lebanon has evoked fears that Israeli troops have come to stay, just as they did in...

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