Lebanon: Bed Check In Beirut

Bed Check In Beirut

In the past five years, the American University of Beirut has seen so much trouble that the front gates to the campus have been sandbagged, and students have taken to tucking pistols in their belts. Last week security was unexpectedly upgraded by Syrian commandos.

In a midnight raid on two men's dormitories, Syrian troops, who moved into West Beirut last month to quell fighting among Muslim factions, shook startled students awake and checked identity cards for five hours before leading away 15 suspected troublemakers in pajamas and confiscating an impressive cache of weapons.

At week's end at least one member of...