Middle East: Return of a Terrorist

Return of a Terrorist

Sabry Khalil Banna, a.k.a. Abu Nidal, is the meanest guerrilla leader of them all. Sentenced to death by the Palestine Liberation Organization in the mid- 1970s for trying to assassinate P.L.O. Chairman Yasser Arafat, Abu Nidal has long been ostracized by his peers for arranging the murders of moderate Palestinians and staging such atrocities as the 1985 airport massacres in Rome and Vienna. For several weeks, however, Arafat has reportedly been contemplating a rapprochement with Abu Nidal in the name of Palestinian unity. "Politics is politics," said an Arafat aide in Tunis last week, confirming that a reconciliation was still under...