Algeria: To the Barricades Again

Nothing quite so symbolized the total violence of the Algerian revolution as the barricades of cobblestones and sandbags from which its bloodiest battles were fought against France. Last week the barricades were back again. Soldiers and police armed with submachine guns blocked all highways. Foreign diplomats and newsmen were ordered to keep off the roads and stay close to Algiers. Colonel Tahar Zbiri, the army chief of staff, was in hiding after attempting a coup, and with him had gone many of Algeria's top officers. Troops loyal to President Houari Boumediene...