EGYPT: War & Wait

Everybody knew how the Dominions and the colonies would take it. Nobody was surprised that Australia and New Zealand last week declared war on Germany, called up reservists, promised Britain "full support." That 50 Indian potentates promised to send troops and resources, that the Fiji Islands (pop. 29,000) pledged material assistance—what did this mean except that the British Empire was acting as it always acted in a crisis?

But what about Egypt, neither dominion nor colony, nor full-fledged independency? Strategically crucial in Mediterranean naval plans (see p. 22), a sovereign power that...

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