The World: The Shuttle Deus and His Machina

Henry Kissinger took time last week to inspect the temples at Philae near Aswan, where he had been conferring with President Anwar Sadat. "I really love ancient Egyptians," said Kissinger, as a guide droned on about Isis, the goddess of fertility to whom the largest Philae temple is dedicated.

In fact, reports TIME'S Diplomatic Editor Jerrold L. Schecter, a veteran of three previous shuttles, there is little time for relaxation on the airborne Middle East shuttle. "What I need is a fur-lined straitjacket," sighed the Secretary of State as he climbed aboard his Air Force 707 after a hard day's negotiating, and...

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