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May 22, 2003

Ping-Pong Undiplomacy

James Taranto notes with his usual wry humor

"Both Saudi and Yemeni table tennis players forfeited their matches rather than compete against an Israeli at the world championships in Paris, a sporting snub that might turn out to be just the first of many," the Associated Press reports.

What a brilliant synecdoche. It sums up beautifully more than half a century of history, during which Arab rulers have seized almost every available occasion to forfeit their own people's peace, freedom, prosperity, self-respect and lives--all to spite Israel. for full story, see