Time for Talk

Arguing Lebanon's future

Peace and quiet, Lebanese-style, descended on the shattered remnants of Beirut last week. On most days, only occasional bursts of machine-gun fire flew across the "green line" separating the Christian eastern part of the city from the predominantly Muslim west. Late in the week, heavier machine-gun and rocket duels erupted between Christian and Muslim militiamen, killing two people and wounding at least 27 others. But in the early stages of the uneasy Pax Syriana imposed two weeks ago by Syrian President Hafez Assad, the main participants in the Lebanese tragedy...

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