Forced Off The Road

Is the Bush Administration's road map for Middle East peace dead? At the very least, it seems likely to go on a long hiatus. Although Administration officials insist the peace process can survive the resignation last weekend of Mahmoud Abbas as Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, the U.S. has lost the one Palestinian leader with whom it believed it could do business. In response, the Administration hopes to punish Yasser Arafat for undermining Abbas' efforts to assert authority over the Palestinian security apparatus and crack down on militant groups like Hamas. A senior State Department official says the U.S. plans...

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