Middle East: A More Visible Presense

The Marines move into East Beirut, as the U.S. loses patience with Israel

At first there were astonished looks and open stares. Then cautious waves and shy smiles. Eventually, cries in English and Arabic of "Welcome!" Some residents even shouted "God bless America!" as the visitors passed by, followed by groups of children on bicycles.

The newcomers to East Beirut were U.S. Marines. Since their arrival in Lebanon six weeks ago, the 1,200-man U.S. contingent had been confined to relatively remote areas around Beirut International Airport, while their 1,560 French and 1,400 Italian counterparts...

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