Middle East: Facing Drastic Choices

Demoralized, the P.L.O. tries to rebuild as a political force

Inside a small farmhouse in the Bekaa Valley of eastern Lebanon, eight Palestinian fighters warm themselves around an old kerosene heater. They have spent the afternoon training on a Katyusha rocket launcher that lies beneath crude camouflage in a nearby apple orchard. Most of these men are combat veterans who fled to the Bekaa Valley after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the bombing of West Beirut. Yet the war seems strangely irrelevant to their thinking. "First we will drive the enemy from...