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Weary-eyed, a little rumpled and sniffling from a cold caught somewhere between Athens and Rome, U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of State Robert Daniel Murphy eased his 6 ft. 2 in. gratefully into a seat in Columbine III. Turning to his traveling companion, Murphy began talking quietly, steadily of the historic trip just ending; rushed to the Middle East 29 days before, Murphy had traveled 18,575 miles, visited nine Middle East and European nations, in Lebanon alone met 45 times with government and rebel leaders. When Diplomat Murphy finished talking, his friend...

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