Lebanon: The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away

The brave cadre of Europeans and Americans still living in West Beirut face the daily prospect of being kidnaped, knowing that at best they might spend months in isolated captivity, and at worst their bodies might be found somewhere in the bombed-out city's rubble. Last week one potential hostage managed to avoid such a fate.

David Hirst, 50, a correspondent for Britain's daily Guardian, was hauled into a black BMW by three gunmen in Muslim West Beirut when the taxi in which he was riding stopped with a flat tire. Blindfolded and with a gun at his temple, Hirst shouted and...

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