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Jittery Lebanese re-arm amid spree of bombings

he bright new Lebanon heralded by the much-vaunted Cedar Revolution is starting to feel ominously like the bad old Lebanon of the bitter past. Three bomb attacks in eight days against Christian neighborhoods in and near Beirut have set nerves jangling in a city that remembers only too well the tit-for-tat bombings of the 1975-1990 civil war. The nightclubs and restaurants that symbolized Lebanon’s recovery have all but emptied amid fears of more attacks. On the black market, the price of a Kalashnikov assault rifle has risen sharply, another indicator of the tensions building as the political crisis precipitated by the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri enters its seventh week. Full Story

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