Middle East: A House Divided

Hope grows dimmer for unifying Lebanon

On a map, the river is marked by a snaking blue line, somehow suggesting a broad rush of water. In reality, the Awali River of southern Lebanon is little more than a stream, no more than a dozen feet wide along much of its meandering course from Mount Barouk to the Mediterranean Sea. What makes the river significant, however, is not its size but the fact that its banks will mark a new military line once the Israeli army completes its partial withdrawal this fall. As such, the...

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