What Price Glory Now?

Victories in Lebanon and the Falklands leave a wounded world

Perhaps all victories feel Pyrrhic, the winner's sense of triumph sucked empty by the sight of bodies heaped like trash, herds of prisoners with hollow faces, children coughing in the rubble. Since every war winds up like this, nothing better could be expected of the latest two, the fighting coming to conclusions, or near conclusions, in the past week. Still, for several sides, things turned out pretty well. Britain closed in on Port Stanley, and won back the Falkland Islands. Israel closed in on Beirut,...

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