Aftermath of a Painful Ordeal

Resolution of the Beirut crisis leaves many loose ends

The incessant assault of gunpoint interviews is over, the Fourth of July cheers for the 39 returning hostages have died away and other faces are filling TV screens. But reverberations of the crisis are likely to echo through the U.S., the Middle East and the world for months to come, affecting matters ranging from Israeli Cabinet decisions to congressional votes on the American budget. In particular, Ronald Reagan comes out of the crisis enjoying a new lift in public support and praise from some of his sharpest critics, who confessed that in this case at least he was not the headstrong...

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