Beirut Tumult

The Syrians may return

"I and my brother against my cousin. But I, my brother and my cousin against the outsider." That old Arab proverb aptly described the tenuous unity that emerged last week among factions of the Palestine Liberation Organization as they literally fought for their lives in Beirut. The Shi'ite Amal militia had set out in mid-May to seize control of three Palestinian refugee camps -- Sabra, Shatila and Burj el Barajneh -- to make certain that the P.L.O. would not regain the power it once had in Lebanon. Amal Leader Nabih Berri was convinced that Syrian-backed P.L.O. splinter groups opposed to Chairman...

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