LEBANON: Back in Balance

The trolley cars were running in Beirut again, though it was a bumpy ride through streets torn and pitted by five months of civil war. Joyous bonfires were lit, the shops rolled up their shutters, the barricades began to come down. Shots rang out, but only in celebration; peace had come at last to Lebanon.

For nearly a month there had been a fresh wave of kidnapings and killings. Though the fighting that the U.S. Marines had been sent in to discourage had presumably ended with the election of an above-the-battle general, Fuad Chehab, as President, it quickly broke out...

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