Ahmad, Eqbal, The Nation
The habit of delivering a rapid and violent response rather than talking is very American--thus the latest missile attacks. Rarely has a major power been so quick on the trigger. The bombings of Libya and Lebanon are recent examples. None of these served as a deterrent to future terrorists or hostage takers. Diplomacy does better. In Iran, the site of the largest hostage taking, military action failed but patient negotiations succeeded. The hostages came safely home and America extracted hefty financial penalties from Iran.
Military strikes rarely hit the intended targets but do cause what Pentagon euphemism describes as "collateral damage." US airstrikes aimed at Muammar …
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Publication information: Article title: Missile Diplomacy. Contributors: Ahmad, Eqbal - Author. Magazine title: The Nation. Volume: 267. Issue: 8 Publication date: September 21, 1998. Page number: 29. © 1999 The Nation Company L.P. COPYRIGHT 1998 Gale Group.
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