Lebanon's Challenging Legacy

Perils and opportunity in the wake of the Israeli invasion

As U.S. Negotiator Philip Habib continued his peace efforts last week after Israel's furious bombardments of West Beirut, the precise nature of a settlement still remained uncertain. But one thing was clear: Israel's ten-week-old invasion of Lebanon had wrought momentous changes in the complex Middle East equation, and their repercussions would be felt for years to come. Every major actor in the drama has been deeply affected. For the U.S., the crisis provoked by its headstrong Israeli ally has presented grave risks but also...

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