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After Rome: An Emerging Consensus on Lebanon and Hezbollah

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

AMSTERDAM -- At one point during the press conference that followed Wednesday's high-level meeting in Rome, Condoleezza Rice raised a hand to her face and ran it across her forehead. She knew the world's cameras were trained on her and the image might put a dent in her carefully cultivated image as an unflinchingly cool diplomat facing a tough international crisis. Analysts had already declared that the meeting - designed to find a solution to the war in Lebanon and Israel - had ended in failure. Indeed, the negotiators did not reach consensus on how to stop the fighting.

And yet, a crucial consensus has now been reached throughout the world. The views of the overwhelming majority of the world's nations and the relevant international organizations now include a very clear picture of how the end of this conflict should look. That picture looks strikingly similar to the one Israel has described from the first days of this awful war. ...

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