Syria: Back in the Peace Game

It took Warren Christopher not one but two trips last week between Jerusalem and Damascus before he managed to collect enough good news to end his Middle East mission. By Thursday the Secretary of State was able to announce that if there was nothing he could do to stem the violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians, he had at least managed to end Syria's boycott of the Middle East peace talks.

To break the deadlock, Christopher offered a diplomatic plum to Syrian President Hafez Assad: a meeting with Clinton in Geneva. The mid-January summit, which is expected to bring the...

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