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Arabs' Fear: A New Crisis to Add to a Troubled List

Behind a seemingly calm facade, with Damascus toothless to respond militarily to the deepest Israeli air raid in Syria in three decades, the Arab world was reeling Monday from the idea that yet a third major conflict could erupt in the Middle East. Already, the region is traumatized by the open wound that Israeli-Palestinian clashes have become and by an American-occupied Iraq teetering on the brink of bedlam. “We have one major crisis with Iraq, we have a major crisis with the peace process, we don’t need a third one,” said Marwan Muasher, the Jordanian foreign minister, in a telephone interview. “It just throws in another complication, widening the conflict.” On a day when Israel was quietly observing Yom Kippur, senior Arab officials and analysts listed what they saw as three basic reasons behind Israel’s decision to strike at what it described as a training center for Islamic Jihad northwest of Damascus, and which Syria said was a long-abandoned camp, hidden in the depth of a dramatic ravine. Full Story

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