The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 19
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 19

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 7, 1997
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And find out if you might get a positive cash flow the very first month! ii petrators of these attacks are still present in Lebanon, and retain the ability to act," it said. For many American citizens visiting Beirut, this view seems out of sync with reality. They say they feel safe and that the U.S. government is stuck in the past. In fact, there were opportunities to attack Americans if extremists had wanted to do so. Thousands of U.S. citizens have circumvented the ban and traveled to Lebanon in the past few years by asking Lebanese officials to issue them visas on loose paper instead of with telltale stamps in their passports. I l. te&tiHtfj0Sir Service Experts As soon as the limited number may be withdrawn without FPL Participating Contractor " - I I 11 additional - , , rimrntn in thlC IflCf- 881 - 5341 or 744-2700 of test homes are selected, this offer notice. Certain restrictions apply. CAC01 0370 Copyright CSG 1997 ' ' I 1 m lit 10 off! 10th Lake Worth (fell Despite a recent warning bomb, many Americans in Beirut say they feel safe. Los Angeles Times BEIRUT, Lebanon For a city brought to its knees in the 1980s by car bombs, gun battles and kidnappings, the few sticks of dynamite that were tossed into the American University of Beirut compound recently did not qualify as a serious attack. But with the university's next president in town, the blast did strike many Beirut residents as a serious warning. "Someone wanted to scare the Americans," said Adnan Is-kander, an AUB political science professor. "We don't know who did it. Whoever it is, they are not happy with the opening of Lebanon to Americans." Since U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright lifted a 10-year ban on travel to Lebanon in July, hundreds of U.S. citizens have visited this city that is undergoing a stunning rebirth. They are Lebanese Americans returning to their roots, business executives bidding for a piece of the pie and onetime residents seeking old haunts. John Waterbury, who takes over as president of AUB in January, was on a scouting mission to Beirut when the dynamite blew out windows at the university in October. While concerned, Waterbury said the blast did not derail his plan to be the first AUB chief living on the banyan-shaded campus since 1984, when then-President Malcolm Kerr was gunned down there during Lebanon's 15-year civil war and wave of anti-American violence. "Unless there is a repetition or escalation, I don't anticipate any change in my plans," Waterbury said in a phone interview from New Jersey. Just how safe Beirut may be for Americans such as Waterbury is a question for which no one seems to have a simple answer. In part, that is the nature of Beirut itself, a city with a violent past and promising future but no clearly defined present. Part Sarajevo, part reunited Berlin, Beirut appears through a veil of construction dust. The past, a civil war that claimed about 150,000 lives, is embedded in the pocked shells of apartment buildings and hotel carcasses along the Green Line that once divided the city's Muslim and Christian halves. The future is on display in cardboard models of a 445-acre commercial and financial center that is to be raised on the ruins of this ancient Phoenician city one of the most ambitious urban renewal projects ever attempted. But for now, downtown Beirut looks like an unfinished movie set, with wrecking balls and cranes rising from empty lots where 500 buildings have been leveled to remake a city once known as the Paris of the Middle East. A few patrician facades stand over the rubble, surrounded by scaffolding and mesh drapes to contain their debris. Like the former East Berlin, it is in a state of transition. Camouflaged tanks, with tarpaulins over their guns, are parked discreetly off to the side. The threat today seems to come from bulldozers, jackhammers and reckless, honking cars. In spite of this chaos, the city is open and eager to please. It beckons tourists into glistening shopping centers with Armani and Donna Karan fashions. By day, the Mediterranean Sea is an alluring blue, and by night the city woos visitors with stylish restaurants and exotic clubs. Some Lebanese still carry a grudge against the United States for its support of Christian factions during the civil war. Many resent what they see as unquestioning U.S. support for Israel, whose soldiers Hezbollah guerrillas are fighting. U.S. officials recall the 1983 terrorist attack on a Marine Corps compound near Beirut that killed 241 Americans, the assault on the U.S. Embassy the same year, the killing of Kerr, the kidnapping of journalist Terry Anderson and other attacks. In lifting the travel ban, Albright . said she still considered the country dangerous for U.S. citizens but had decided travel should no longer be illegal. The State Department then issued a warning that only Americans with "compelling reasons" should consider visiting Lebanon. Those who do, the advisory said, should avoid the southern suburbs of Beirut, the Bekaa Valley and southern Lebanon strongholds of Hezbollah. "Americans have in the past been targets of numerous terror ist attacks m Lebanon, ine per nfT iiTfB ifWr a "rift rnirf anr irt iTinifW rt.M nf mft iiffTt irtmiiri, ,,rl gr te&rf sqygtfjr uSsm m&m mSmk mrgqr . mmem .. Jmmm x mammmm mmmf mtmw amm til i i m I - k m M m m lm k I I I I I I 1 jh cdTJej liTnVf7 "ake an Plus Today Only... 1 Our new store is under construction across the street. La-z-boy says everything must go from our current Lake Worth Store. Regular stock, discontinued merchandise, one of a kind special orders and overstocks are all priced to move. 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