Lebanon: All Hell Breaking Loose

As the Gemayel government crumbles, the U.S. both fires and falls back

Even for a city that has learned to live with fear and blood as easily as other places cope with traffic jams and smog, the battle was terrifying. There was no warning as the gangs of Muslim militiamen, many dressed in civvies and cloth masks, swept into West Beirut to fight the Lebanese Army soldiers. The dreaded chatter of automatic rifles cleared the streets, trapping thousands in homes and offices. Those who dared peek from behind curtains or doorways saw flashes of...

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