Lebanon Invasion: Gatekeepers

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I heads the way you do with us!" That bitter complaint

was made to a United Nations official in Beirut last week by Yasser Arafat, chief of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Like Lebanese officials, Arafat was angered by the failure of UNIFIL, the 7,000-strong U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, to mount more than token resistance to the Israeli invasion. Declared a Western diplomat: null credibility was a bit weak before. Now it has suffered a real blow."

One of the mandates of UNIFIL was to prevent the introduction of armed personnel into areas under...

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