The Gulf Back to the Bullets

Pressure for peace builds while Iraq launches a new tanker war

Bullets flew again last week over the Persian Gulf along with bombs, rockets and, oddly, prospects for peace. One of the ironies of the seemingly endless Iran-Iraq war is that the chances for a settlement appear to improve whenever the gulf conflict threatens to fly out of control. That seemed to be the case as the week wore on: the so-called tanker war in the gulf was renewed with a vengeance, while simultaneously there was new activity on the diplomatic front. By week's end United Nations Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar was packing his bags for a trip to Iran and...