Middle East: Dark Clouds over Lebanon

As Jumblatt raises the ante, hope for a cease-fire may be slipping away

"We are making progress in Lebanon," President Reagan insisted in his State of the Union address. Maybe so, but in that embattled country, a political crisis appeared to be looming as surely as the whiter storm that whipped across the country last week.

The most vociferous warnings came from Walid Jumblatt, 36, the mercurial, Syrian-supported Druze leader, who has consistently blocked all attempts at a ceasefire. Against the noisy backdrop of almost daily artillery battles between the Lebanese Army and Druze...

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