Call for International Military in the Middle East

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When Secretary of State Colin Powell returned from the Middle East without a cease-fire or agreement to work toward a final Israeli-Palestinian settlement, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan declared it the obligation of the international community to take decisive action. He called for a multi-national force strong enough to end the violence and create the environment for negotiations toward a political settlement. While all sides agree that US involvement would be essential, opponents warn of enormous potential cost, and the risk to American troops and the nation's prestige. Others contend those are the consequences of being a superpower. We get the pros and cons from the UN's Office of Peacekeeping Operations, and foreign policy advisors to the Reagan and Clinton White House.
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Archdiocese of Boston

Los Angeles Times


Foreign Policy Research Institute

Jane's World Armies


Rand Corporation

UN Peacekeeping Operations

US State Department

Le Monde (in French)



Warren Olney