Lebanon: Again, the Nightmare

For the third time in 17 months, a major U.S. target in Beirut is bombed

It was an act of terrorism that U.S. diplomats had discussed, dreaded and planned against for nearly a year and a half. Yet when it occurred, all the worry, the precautions and the special security devices proved to be almost futile against the fanatical determination of one man to reach his target. "At first I thought it was a supersonic boom," said a Lebanese civilian moments after the explosion. "Then I knew it was the American embassy."


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