WHEN DIPLOMACY BECOMES OBSCENE

WHY SHOULD ISRAEL NEGOTIATE WITH THOSE WHO DEPLOY TERROR AND VIOLENCE?

The body parts had not all been collected from the victims of the latest massacre of innocents in Jerusalem when the words of condolence came filtering in from the outside world. They were not just words of condolence, however. They were mixed with admonition. From Turtle Bay to Downing Street, the general tenor was, We are all terribly sorry, but you Israelis must continue peace talks. Indeed, the more quickly you hasten back to the negotiating table the better.

Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the U.N.: "I appeal to all involved to avoid the use of bombs and violence and really get...

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