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at lunch today did not happen.
Somehow, it will have to be his initiative, and I believe
that if he does take the iniative, I will respond, if we are able
to respond to each other in terms of the honesty, the integrity, and
the clarity of our respective feelings about this matter. I will not
respond by pretending that I have feelings or perspectives that are
more acceptable to him. And the only way I will is if, between now
and the time we meet again, there develops and emerges overwhelming
evidence, or much more evidence than I see now, that this act of piracy
is more justified than I believe it is now.
Because where I stand is -- I think that what was done is
morally no more defensible than the terrorist's act, itself.
The last thing I said, as we walked off, I said that --
“You know, according to our newspapers, you would not know that there
were negotiations going on, and that Amin or his negotiators had
all reason to believe that they were going to be successful within a
short period of time. The Israeli government itself, or its spokesmen,
said in one of the earlier articles, which has never been repeated,
that they used the negotiations as cover behind which to plan and
execute the brilliant success of this act.”
My friends dismissed that as evidence of the conspiracy, of
Amin with the conspirators.
Well, I see nothing in it to support that yet. And I pointed
out to them that Amin had been successful, a few days before, in
getting some of the passengers released; that he had given many
indications that the others were going to be released. What I presume --
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