Lebanon: A Fragile Ray of Hope

A Fragile Ray of Hope

After 15 years of a civil war that has claimed 150,000 lives, Lebanon last week saw what could be the first glimmer of peace. Lebanese Army troops took full control of the capital for the first time since 1975 and dismantled the "green line," which cut the city into Christian and Muslim sectors. Earlier, the last of the Christian forces loyal to Samir Geagea had pulled out of the city and moved north, near the port city of Jounieh, completing the first phase of a Syria-backed Arab League plan to free Beirut of all rival militias.

The war-weary Lebanese greeted the...

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