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Reflagging of Oil Tankers

July 26, 1987

Here's a scenario:

Our hostages have been held in Lebanon for the release of the 17 terrorists held prisoner in Kuwait.

Headline: "United States flags Kuwaiti tankers and gives them military escort in the Persian Gulf.

Followed later by a surprise headline: "Kuwait releases 17 terrorist prisoners."

And then another surprise: "Hegbolah party orders release of all American hostages held in Lebanon."

Is it possible that a deal of this kind was made? If not, why is so risky a venture undertaken without some great reward? Certainly not only for oil and a possibility of pushing us into another (unnecessary) war.

S. CHERNOV

San Diego

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