Its improved standing poses challenge to US policy of isolation.
Readers write about the politics of the Olympics, peace in the Middle East, the Air Force budget, and 'facts' in memoirs.
But many young activists are still struggling to maintain the movement that followed in the wake of Hariri's death.
Supporters of both pro-Western factions and Hezbollah militants honored their respective slain leaders.
Imad Mughnieh, suspected of planning kidnappings, hijacking, and attacks in Beirut during the 1980s and '90s, was killed in Damascus Tuesday night.
With elections there postponed until Feb. 18, and turmoil unabated, the Bush administration evaluates its options for spurring its war-on-terror ally toward greater democracy.