Middle East: The Least Unreasonable Arab

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Cairo's semiofficial newspaper Al Ahram had some extraordinary news for its readers last week. "The battle is still going on," it proclaimed. "Victory is ours." In Damascus, yellow sandbags were piled high around government buildings to protect them from attack, and signs on many walls promised: WE SHALL DESTROY THE ENEMY. The Arabs clamored for a change in the name of the American University in both Beirut and Cairo to Palestine University, and Algeria compiled a list of "pro-Zionist" movie stars—including Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor and Harry Belafonte—and banned their...

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