MIDDLE EAST: Terror to End Terror?

IT was a little after midnight when the Israeli commandos struck the sleeping city of Beirut. They had steamed up the Mediterranean coast in gunboats, then embarked in rubber dinghies. Some 60 naval commandos and paratroopers, armed with automatic rifles, grenades and almost 800 Ibs. of explosives, quietly rowed toward five different points along the moonlit shore. Helicopters hovered offshore with reinforcements; they were not needed. The raiders took less than 2½ hours to accomplish their missions: the assassination of three Palestinian leaders and the destruction of several fedayeen facilities. The Israelis...

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