Diplomacy: Putting It Back Together

The U.S. tries to mend the fractures from the hijacking

The situation called for soothing apologies and mutual assurances, anything to quell the bad feelings stirred by the hijacking a few weeks earlier of the Achille Lauro. Washington extended a hand to Italy, Egypt and Tunisia--and each, in turn, responded with varying degrees of warmth. In Italy, where a rancorous debate over Prime Minister Bettino Craxi's handling of the incident toppled the government two weeks ago, Craxi took steps to resurrect his five-party coalition. In Egypt, where students had taken to the streets, burning American flags and chanting provocative anti-U.S. slogans, calm was restored. But even as the bruised countries sought...

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