Lebanon: A Rare Bird Dies in Flight

A Rare Bird Dies in Flight

He was an avid collector of rare birds, but he himself was perhaps the rarest bird of all: a seasoned, moderate Lebanese politician of nearly 40 years' experience who was trusted by most of his country's warring factions. By the time he was assassinated last week, in the explosion of a bomb aboard his military helicopter, Rashid Karami, 65, had served ten times as Lebanon's Prime Minister. The country's Maronite Christian President Amin Gemayel -- whose brother Bashir had been killed by a bomb in 1982 -- quickly named another Sunni Muslim, Selim Hoss, as acting Prime Minister. Suspects in the...

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