MIDDLE EAST: The Sinai's Willing Hostages

Atop a sere, windblown hill rising 2,000 ft. above the central Sinai desert, 170 American men and women this week assume the task of securing the fragile peace between Egypt and Israel. Dressed in bright orange uniforms—so that they can be easily seen against the sun-baked sand—the members of the State Department's Sinai Field Mission are operating monitoring stations in the Giddi and Mitla passes, scene of three wars in the past 20 years. The puny American presence could scarcely halt an armored column intent on starting a fourth war. Rather, since...

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