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...

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