"Rice plays down Mideast talks: Secretary says speedy progress highly unlikely"
That's the headline for a wire story
in yesterday's Plain Dealer
, dashing hopes that peace would arrive by Thursday. Observers originally expected Rice to reach a speedy resolution to thousands of years of religion-inspired murder, then get some shopping in. But apparently centuries and centuries and centuries of inappropriate behavior cannot be swiftly corrected, as previously thought. Wanton killing is now expected to continue until at least the end of the American League Championship series, and may last through the remainder of the month.
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