Terrorism: Fighting Fire with Fire

Since the first bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, in April 1983, Secretary of State George Shultz has waged a fervent and frequently lonely campaign to convince the public, and often colleagues in the Reagan Administration, of the need to combat terrorism with swift retaliation. Last week in a speech at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City, Shultz made his strongest plea yet for public support of aggressive military action against terrorists. "We cannot allow ourselves to become the Hamlet of nations, worrying endlessly over whether and how to respond," he said. "Fighting terrorism will not...

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