Lebanon: A Farewell to Arms

One day last week, the final 80 U.S. combat troops were helicoptered out of Beirut. They had stayed there to protect the U.S. diplomatic mission after President Reagan ordered the withdrawal of the 1,800-man U.S. peace-keeping force. A week earlier, the U.S. had opened a new embassy along the waterfront in West Beirut, more than a mile from the previous embassy site. But no fanfare attended either event. Since U.S. servicemen first arrived in Lebanon almost two years ago, 265 of them have lost their lives in a cause they could...

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