The World: Nothing Can Be Achieved by Force'

For a full week after submitting his resignation to President Franjieh, Rashid Karami lived in a strange kind of limbo while the Lebanese crisis came to a climax. Because the President declined to act on his resignation, Karami remained de facto Premier. Yet he no longer wanted the job. "I felt there was no other way," he explained. "I thought that my resignation would be the kind of shock that could move the situation to a solution." Franjieh thought otherwise. At week's end he asked Karami to remain in office. "Under the circumstances,"...