Grim horror seems a perpetual and unwelcome visitor in the Mid

Grim horror seems a perpetual and unwelcome visitor in the Middle East despite honest attempts by sensible people to stop terrorism. Sunday’s suicide bombing of a municipal bus in Jerusalem by an Arab hate group makes hope seem dim and distant.

Peace negotiations between Israel and Palestinians has been scheduled to resume in May. They are justifiably postponed until Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat fulfills his pledge to eliminate terrorism within his sphere of influence.

Carnage like that found on the streets of Jerusalem Sunday, one week after a similar explosion, never become routine. The inhumanity of such slaughter does nothing to rectify injustice; it intensifies irrational hatreds and quickens the wounds of history.

The United States’ stake continues in the form of an endless diplomatic initiative to establish a permanent peace across the Middle East. It is in our national interests. It is, in a more important way, essential in the maintenance of life worth living for all the people involved.

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