Middle East: An Onslaught of Rigidity

A particularly virulent and popular commentator for Cairo's Voice of the Arabs named Ahmed Said last week called for instant death for any Arab leader who dares to open negotiations with Israel. Though Said is a better propagandist than politician, it was a fool hardy Arab leader indeed who could ignore his warning; the sentiments are shared by a large part of the population. Trapped by their own propaganda, split once more into rival factions and disappointed in their Russian allies, the Arabs seem no closer to any form of negotiation with...

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