Middle East: Intransigence Renewed

Shortly before dusk the streets and bazaars of the Arab world fell suddenly silent. Just as the evening rush hour began, taxi drivers put up their occupé signs and pulled over to the curb, shopkeepers pulled down their shutters, and all of Araby tuned in to Radio Cairo. Gamal Abdel Nasser, still revered as El Rayiis (The Boss), was scheduled to speak for only the second time since the Arab-Israeli war in June.

Nasser did not let his listeners down. He was his old bellicose self. Occasionally belching gently from the effects of a...

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