MIDDLE EAST: A Hopeful Start for an Impossible Goal

Even for the most audacious U.S. Secretary of State in recent history, last week's journey had an appearance of overreach about it. En route to Peking for a twice-postponed discussion with Chinese Premier Chou Enlai, Henry Kissinger proposed to make five stops in as many days in Arab capitals along the way. Kissinger's intention: to sort out and select options for Israel and its Arab adversaries, after face-to-face discussions with the principals involved. For the accompanying newsmen (see box page 43), the trip quickly became a kind of "if this is Wednesday,...

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