MIDDLE EAST: The Chemistry Worked

SADAT'S JOURNEY IS A SUCCESS, trumpeted Cairo's al Ahram. A predictable reaction for a government-controlled paper, to be sure. But true enough, for the host as well as his guest.

Jimmy Carter and Anwar Sadat had never met before, so they boned up on each other before the Egyptian President arrived in Washington last week. Sadat, the first in a series of Arab leaders whom Carter will meet this spring (next: Jordan's King Hussein and Syria's President Hafez Assad), had wondered, for example, whether Carter's commitment to Christianity obtruded on his views of the Middle East (Answer: no). Carter had...

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