MIDDLE EAST: A Blacker September

As the blue and silver White House jet left the dusty airport of Khartoum, a Sudanese brass band played Auld Lang Syne, slowly and starkly so that it sounded almost like Taps. When the jet landed at chilly, wet Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., an Air Force band played The Star-Spangled Banner while cannons fired a 19-gun salute. Thus, with poignant ceremony, were the bodies of Ambassador Cleo A. Noel Jr. and Deputy Chief of Mission George Curtis Moore returned home last week.

Two days later the two American victims of the Black September massacre in Khartoum were...

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