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Lebanon / United States Role #82428

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 05, 1983
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(Studio) Lebanon's war noted primarily between Syrian-backed Druse Moslems and US-backed Christian forces.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Beirut, Lebanon) United States role in Lebanon's internal problems examined; impact of war on children discussed. [Toufik el EID, Ronnie GHANEM - discuss their fears.] Lebanon's traditional use of outside forces to solve internal conflicts noted illustrated by government's request that Syrians and Israelis rid country of Palestinians; current outcome noted. President Amin Gemayel's lack of control considered. [December 1, GEMAYEL - claims US-Lebanon partnership is cornerstone of his policy.] [December 4, President REAGAN - will respond if United States forces are attacked in region.] [Author David HIRST - believes United States will be sucked into major military adventure in Mideast.] Past failure of current United States policy of forcing peace in Mideast noted.
REPORTER: Betsy Aaron

Aaron, Betsy;
Jennings, Peter

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