LEBANON: Time to Choose: Compromise or More War

In the on-and-off Lebanese civil war, it was the worst week ever. The bitter fighting between Christian and Moslem communities, which for nine months had been largely confined to Beirut and a few scattered towns and villages, last week spread with explosive intensity; the death toll since April was pushed to more than 9,000. "A state of total anarchy," was the way a horrified Beirut television announcer described the killings, kidnapings, looting, arson and destruction. The disastrous round of fighting triggered two abortive cease-fire efforts in 24 hours, as well as the...

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