chapter  4
Soviet Behavior toward the Lebanon War, 1982-84
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O ne of the challenges that any observer of the Soviet scene faces is determining how we know what the Soviets value. In a region like the Middle East it is not difficult to outline important Soviet objectives: developing a strategic preserve, limiting that of the United States, avoiding confrontation, becoming a recognized arbiter of events in the area, and establishing meaningful and enduring influence.