Middle East: The Spreading Pall of Gloom

Israel mourns its dead as hopes for peace begin to fade

Acknowledging that the U.S. has not been making much progress in arranging a withdrawal of foreign forces from Lebanon, Secretary of State George Shultz declared last week that the negotiations "are not going quite as fast as we would like." After a pause, he added, "It ain't easy." Another senior U.S. official was even more discouraged. "We try to see the bright side, give everyone the benefit of the doubt, cajole and plead," he said. "But the momentum is giving out, and...

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