Law In The Fog Of War

On urban battlefields, principles can be elusive

George Bush's call for a Middle East peace conference gives the region a new structure to build on, and this week Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will visit Washington for talks. But life in the West Bank and Israel remains grim. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has tabled the Security Council initiative to send a team to visit Jenin, revealing just how contentious the key issues are.

The Jenin affair shows some of the difficulties in thwarting the activities of determined guerrilla fighters. Israel was gravely alarmed by the misuse of the refugee camp as a staging area for Palestinian terror groups....

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