MIDDLE EAST: Now for the Bitter Battles of Peace

Except for scattered skirmishes along the Suez Canal, the guns of war fell silent last week across the Middle East. Almost as abruptly as it had begun, the superpower saber-rattling also came to an end. One week earlier it had threatened to involve the U.S. and the Soviet Union in the 18-day war between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The U.S. last week ended a worldwide military alert called to forestall apparent Soviet troop moves into Egypt; after briefly chiding the U.S. for giving in to baseless fears, Moscow then let the...

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