Hopes for a lasting peace in the Middle East were raised today when a comprehensive Mideast peace accord was signed by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and Bono, the lead singer of the rock band U2.
Just hours after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to Beirut to confer with Lebanese officials, Dr. Rice found that her efforts were largely upstaged by the high-wattage amateur diplomacy of the two global superstars.
Elsewhere, according to Democratic National Committee chief Howard Dean, "If you think what's going on in the Middle East today would be going on if the Democrats were in control, it wouldn't, because we would have worked day after day after day to make sure we didn't get where we are today. We would have had the moral authority that Bill Clinton had ... when he brought together the Israelis and the Palestinians."
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