MIDDLE EAST: A Year of Pointless Death

A cease-fire in Lebanon sometimes seems like wide-open civil war anywhere else. During the first half of the latest ten-day truce (the 24th in five months), more than 300 people were killed in fighting between the rival Maronite Christians and an alliance of Moslems, leftists and Palestinian fedayeen. That brought the death total to more than 13,000 as Lebanon this week marks the first anniversary of the outbreak of the civil war.

One hazard of the sectarian strife in Lebanon is that it could accidentally trigger a broader Middle East war. Damascus already...

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