Lebanon A Bomb Aimed at Peace

Just 17 days in office, the new President is killed in Beirut in another setback for attempts to stop the endless bloodshed

Mangled metal, crushed bodies, bloody survivors screaming for help amid piles of rubble. Last week terrorism showed up again in its favorite city, Beirut. Rene Moawad, President of Lebanon for only 17 days and the embodiment of a fragile new attempt at peace, was decapitated when a remote-controlled bomb, hidden in a shuttered shop, exploded as his motorcade passed by after ceremonies marking the 46th anniversary of Lebanon's independence. The estimated 550 lbs. of explosives tore trees out by their roots, hurled the engine block of Moawad's armored Mercedes 50 yards, shattered windows a mile away and raised a cloud of...

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