Shultz's Last Stand

Why he fought to keep Arafat away from the U.N.

After six years in one of the world's toughest jobs, George Shultz would be excused for spending his last weeks in office dreaming of the pool at his Palo Alto home or drafting the series on foreign policy that he plans to do for public television. Instead, the combative, lame-duck Secretary of State threw himself into a one-man jihad to prevent P.L.O. chief Yasser Arafat from speaking to the United Nations in New York City. At week's end Shultz prevailed, and Arafat was denied entry to the U.S.

The U.N. is scheduled to begin its perennial debate on Palestinian issues, and...

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