Lebanon: No Escape from a Stricken Land

Brutal fighting and a Muslim takeover in West Beirut produce an American withdrawl— of sorts

Some easy questions to begin with. Last Tuesday (which after last Friday feels like a month ago), President Reagan announced that the U.S. was simultaneously going to open fire on Syrian positions and withdraw the Marines, in slow stages, to ships offshore. Was this a retreat that looked like an escalation or an escalation that looked like a retreat? Perhaps it was merely the "redeployment" the President called it, a way of offering help to the Gemayel government from a more secure military position. Never mind...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!