Middle East: An Eye for an Eye

Israel and the U.S. ponder how to avenge the airport massacres

"Whoever injures us," vowed Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres in a speech before the Knesset's defense and foreign affairs committee "we will injure." All week long, the world waited for the seemingly inevitable counterstrike by Israel, or possibly the U.S. against the perpetrators of the Dec. 27 terrorist attacks at the Rome and Vienna airports that left 19 people dead and 112 injured. All signs pointed to Abu Nidal, the shadowy leader of a renegade Palestinian group currently based in Libya (see following story), as the man who masterminded the slaughter. Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi taunted the U.S. and Israel, declaring...

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