Failure of a Flawed Policy

As the Marines begin pulling out, Lebanon sinks further into chaos

The Druze militiamen swarmed around a U.S.-made armored personnel carrier that had just been abandoned by a fleeing Lebanese Army brigade.

Flashing two-fingered V salutes, the Druze shouted, "Victory is ours!" To cele brate the capture of the strategic crossroads of Khalde, on the coastal highway south of Beirut, one of the militiamen fed abandoned American ammunition into the vehicle's 50-cal. machine gun and fired ear-splitting bursts into the air. A few miles offshore, the menacing shape of the U.S. battleship New Jersey...

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