In the Mideast hope too often turns out to be a mirage and peace plans lay scattered in the sands like the remains of strayed people and defeated tanks. But the wish always is that maybe this time things will work out.
This time got a big boost Thursday when Saudi Arabia told Secretary of State Baker it would not give any more money to the Palestine Liberation Organization. The PLO got into trouble with most Arab governments when it sided with Iraq during the gulf war. But both it and its leader somehow have managed to come back from defeat and miscalculation time and again.
The PLO lives on contributions from Arab nations. It also lives on threats and blood, usually the blood of the Palestinians whose interest it says it represents. Because of its terrorist aspect, Israel refuses to deal with it and so the problems of the area cannot be discussed by the peoples most involved. The result: continuing inaction and tension.