April 9, 1995 |
Is America becoming the Rodney Dangerfield of international relations--a country that "gets no respect. Last week, the Russians told Defense Secretary William J. Perry that, notwithstanding U.S. protests, Russia intends to go ahead with its sale of light-water nuclear reactors to Iran. But this is only the latest in a series of rebuffs from foreign governments. Germany and other West Europeans have refused to follow the American lead in trying to end trade with Iran.
April 9, 1995 |
When Anwar Sadat, a diplomatic icon for his courage and foresight in making peace with Israel, was assassinated in October, 1981, few people in the West were willing to bet on the future of Egypt under his designated successor, then-Vice President Hosni Mubarak. A former Air Force chief of staff who had become vice president in 1975, just two years after the last Middle East war, Mubarak had not established a reputation in the subtler arts of international politics.
March 15, 1997 |
The slaying of seven Israeli schoolgirls by a Jordanian soldier this week highlighted what has become a sad truth here--that peace in the Middle East never quite lives up to its name. Or even to expectations. Egypt and Israel made peace nearly 20 years ago, and neither side has much good to say about it still.
December 29, 1985 |
An Egyptian military court, winding up a monthlong trial that became a cause celebre for anti-government groups opposed to closer relations with Israel, sentenced an Egyptian policeman Saturday to life imprisonment at hard labor for the murder of seven Israeli tourists in the Sinai Peninsula. Sgt. Suleiman Khater, dubbed the "Hero of Sinai" by the newspapers of Egypt's political opposition, was convicted of unpremeditated murder in the Oct.
July 18, 1985 |
In its Golden Age, the Middle East was the intellectual center of the world. The great Arab cities--Cairo, Damascus, Baghdad and Cordova, in Spain--nurtured the world's foremost poets, philosophers and scientists. There were no finer libraries and universities anywhere. Baghdad honored its poets with statues.
August 11, 1992 |
As the riots focused world attention on Los Angeles last spring, one newspaper gave its twist to the news in large red and green letters across the top of its front page. "Divine Justice," the Egyptian weekly Al Nour proclaimed. "Los Angeles Tastes Bitterness of Kuwait and Baghdad." According to this account, the violence wasn't the product of a faulty legal system, or racial discrimination, or even the momentary triumph of the have-nots over the haves. It was the will of God.