ARMAMENTS: A Deadly Race That No One Can Win

"We are grown men playing with dangerous toys." So said one veteran Israeli officer last week, referring to the race for arms in the Middle East, which is now outdistancing the search for peace. Hardly a week passes without the announcement of a new weapons deal somewhere in the region. Initially, the goal of the race was the replacement by Israel and the Arabs of weapons lost during the 1973 October War. But this seems to have triggered a cycle of action and reaction in which each side now strives to better the...

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