MIDDLE EAST: Tough Talk, High Hope

It was Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat who most recently used the phrase "guns and olive branches" to describe his approach to the Middle East conflict. But Washington appears to be using a strikingly similar concept to keep oil flowing to the West. Even as Secretary of State Henry Kissinger last week prepared for another trip to the Middle East to resume his step-by-step discussions on disengagement, U.S. officials, led by President Ford, were talking tough. Their emphasis was not merely on hopes for success by Kissinger but equally, it seemed, on hints...

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