Middle East: Ready, Set -- Crawl

Baker sets out on a race for peace in the wake of the gulf war, but so far he's the only one who has crossed the starting line

A return to normal in the Middle East would be an unqualified disaster. Yet, as U.S. Secretary of State James Baker toured the area last week, signs multiplied that after the shock of the gulf war the region might already be slipping back into its usual catastrophic habits. Renewed violence claimed 12 lives -- six Israelis, six Arab guerrillas -- in the 24 hours prior to Baker's arrival in Jerusalem. Israeli legislators asserted that the government plans to build as many as 11,000 new apartments for Jewish settlers in occupied territories, continuing what looks like a de facto annexation of the...

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