Passing the Buck

As the bombing of the American embassy annex in East Beirut became a campaign issue, the swirl of political rhetoric threatened to obscure the hard particulars of just what happened and why. Yet the inquiries into the attack have more than a whipped-up partisan urgency: last week a telephone caller, saying he represented the same fanatic Muslim group that claimed responsibility for the embassy bombing, told a leftist Lebanese newspaper that another "big operation will be carried out against American interests soon."

A similar public warning had been made before the latest bomb attack—a fact that made especially feeble Ronald Reagan's attempt...

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