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In his first venture into personal peacemaking, Clinton goes head to head with Assad and comes away without any visible signs of diplomatic progress

The symbolism surrounding Bill Clinton's witness-for-peace visit to the Middle East was almost too perfect. At the desert border crossing where he met Jordan's King Hussein and Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to co-sign their treaty of friendship, the table was set up on an asphalt strip in the middle of a minefield. An area had been paved and fenced in specifically for the ceremony. "Walk 15 yards beyond that barbed wire," a U.S. Secret Service agent warned onlookers, "and you won't be coming back."

Another warning of danger outside the wire-rimmed islet of peace sounded in the north, where militiamen,...

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