Commentary: The great illusion
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion runs deep, Saul Bellow once said. The illusion, yet again, is a Middle Eastern peace conference in November or December that would produce the final outlines and contents of an independent state of Palestine. Seldom has such a vision appeared more chimera than reality, and yet seldom pursued more vigorously, this time by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who has logged eight trips to the region in ten months, in the elusive pursuit of a legacy other than Iraq.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large