Better Late Than Never

AFTER SEVERAL FALSE STARTS, GEORGE W. BUSH COMMITS HIMSELF FULLY TO ENDING THE BLOODSHED IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THE INSIDE STORY OF HIS ABOUT-FACE, AND THE RISKS HE CONFRONTS

Consider the situation in the White House Situation Room last Thursday morning: Israeli troops and armor had invaded almost every city in the West Bank and surrounded about 200 Palestinian fighters barricaded inside Bethlehem's sacred Church of the Nativity. Anti-American demonstrations in Cairo, Beirut, Amman and other Middle Eastern capitals were making it impossible for Washington's Arab allies to stay on the fence. Egypt cut some ties with Israel and warned the White House that the rest could be in jeopardy. Oil prices spiked to $28 a barrel, and the stock market plunged. Anti-Semites vandalized synagogues in France and Belgium. American...

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