Beirut: Looking Past the Embassy Garden

Moscow disappoints its friends, but waits for the U.S. to stumble

For the second time since the invasion of Lebanon, Israeli shells falling short of their mark pounded the Soviet embassy in West Beirut last week, ripping through walls and shattering windows. After the bombardment, the Kremlin brusquely warned Israel that the Soviet Union could not be indifferent to what was going on in the Middle East. But at a time when efforts to end the Israeli encirclement of West Beirut were reaching a critical stage, the message from Moscow seemed a minor diplomatic...

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