Middle East: Old Wounds

More gunfire and bickering

"We have three months to lay down the foundations of a new Lebanon. We should not let this opportunity go." So said Lebanon's Prime Minister, Rashid Karami, last week, while gunfire and explosions in the streets of Beirut added emphasis to his message. In the three weeks since President Amin Gemayel appointed Karami's "last-chance government," as it has been dubbed, at least 50 civilians have been killed in the Lebanese capital and hundreds have been wounded. During that period the ten-member Cabinet, evenly divided between Christians and Muslims,...

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