DIPLOMACY: Beyond the Call of Duty

When Marxist rebels from Zaïre threatened last May to kill three kidnaped students in Tanzania—two of them Americans from Stanford University and the third Dutch—U.S. Ambassador W. Beverly Carter decided to bend a few of the State Department rules that forbid diplomats to get involved in negotiations with terrorists. He put embassy facilities in Tanzania at the disposal of the students' parents, helped them to get in touch with the kidnapers, and did what he could to assist the negotiations, which ended with the release of all of the students by July...

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