August 11, 1990 |
A Syrian soldier stoops near the front wheel of a red Peugeot parked across from the American University of Beirut. Large square stones mark the area as a no-parking zone, a security measure to safeguard the university from Beirut's best-known weapon, the deadly car bomb. The soldier knows that this car has been hastily parked by a student late for class. Nevertheless, the violator will be punished.