Middle East: Of Bombs and Strikes

Lebanese violence and Israeli inflation take their toll

The suicidal attacks may capture the most attention, but it is the unremitting bursts of daily violence that make Lebanon the terrifying place it is: the car bombing here, the firefight there. Sometimes what is most surprising is that the savagery does not claim even more victims. When six explosions ripped through a cluster of stores in West Beirut last week, one person was killed and three were wounded; had the bombs not gone off shortly after the 8 p.m. curfew, when the streets were...

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