Middle East: The Ban That Isn't

Bush's arms plan omits a few items (planes, tanks . . .)

If a Middle East peace conference is a nonstarter, how about arms-control talks? Stymied in his efforts to bring Arabs and Israelis to the negotiating table, President Bush launched a new initiative last week. In two brief paragraphs of a commencement speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy, he called for a Middle Eastern regional ban on chemical and biological weapons and a freeze on the acquisition of ballistic missiles and nuclear arms.

Conventional weapons such as the planes, tanks and artillery that continue to flood the area should be constrained if they are "destabilizing," Bush said, but the U.S. still...

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