Middle East: Escalating the Savagery

Israel bombs Beirut, the P.L.O. attacks—and the innocent die

It was 11 a.m. on a bright summer day, when suddenly all of Beirut shook with the roar of bombers and the thunder of antiaircraft artillery. Small puffs of white smoke began to dot the sky as local militia groups fired in vain at the screaming jets. When the fury of the attack finally ended, two hours later, at least 200 people were dead and 600 injured, victims of the first Israeli air raid against the Lebanese capital since 1978. The target of the...

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