Elusive Truth

On the day after he was inaugurated last September, Lebanese President Amin Gemayel ordered Assad Germanos, chief prosecutor of the country's military tribunal, to conduct an investigation of the Beirut massacre and to report his findings directly to him. Gemayel told Germanos, "We want all the truth, not 50% or anything less than all the truth. Our nation's honor is at stake, so you must do everything, even the impossible."

Unlike Israel, Lebanon has only recently emerged from a civil war and is deeply riven by political strife. At the time of Gemayel's request,...

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