MIDDLE EAST: Death in the Desert

ATER 25 years of open or undercover warfare, neither Israel nor the Arab states can find much pride or glory any longer in the killing. But Israel last week carried aggression to new heights. Over the occupied Sinai peninsula, Israeli Phantoms scrambled to intercept an unarmed Libyan Arab Airlines Boeing 727 jet that was bound for Cairo and almost certainly had lost its way. The Israelis shot it down, killing 105 of the 111 people on board.

The attack on the airliner, which happened only twelve hours after a daring Israeli raid on...

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