Peace: Risks and Rewards

Dangers lie ahead, but Carter's diplomatic coup was masterful

The gesture was eloquent. Emerging from the doorway of Air Force One on the floodlit tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base last week, an exhausted Jimmy Carter greeted several thousand welcomers by flinging open his arms. It was a movement that oddly combined a sense of triumph with just a hint of martyrdom. Said Carter: "I believe that God has answered our prayers."

He had taken a tremendous risk and had won. At times during his six-day mission to Cairo and Jerusalem in an attempt to forge...

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