"Let not the sun go down upon your wrath"

Historically, problems in the Middle East haven't tended to be resolved easily by military force. Thoughtful observers, both Arabs and Americans, Muslims and Christians, warn that military power may postpone a problem but doesn't necessarily solve it.

There is heartening new thinking going on. The recent united effort of so many countries for diplomatic action and restraint has been encouraging. It may, in fact, as Mikhail Gorbachev observed, have been unique in world history.

We probably should not be surprised that while military power is still a necessity in this world, force doesn't finally settle a problem of fiercely held conflicting views. Physical force never brings healing to that most serious area of conflict—the realm of people's thinking.

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Opening borders
October 22, 1990

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