Divided Lebanon

Rubin, Trudy
October 1975
New Republic;10/25/75, Vol. 173 Issue 17, p12
Focuses on the social conditions in Lebanon during the days of anarchy and near civil war. Report that several ceasefires have been arranged, but the fighting continues; Report that Lebanese Premier Rashid Karami is desperately seeking outside Arab advice and aid in ending the chaos; State of the economy in the region; Division of power between Christians and Moslem as the reason for the conflict; Report that Lebanon's sectarian balancing act creates a weak central government and its army is automatically paralyzed in the current crisis because the Moslem will not accept the use of a Christian-led force to put down the fighting; Role of the Palestinians in the conflict; View that should Lebanon collapse into full scale civil war it is unlikely that its immediate neighbors--Syria and Israel--would stand idly by.


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