From the land that was once Ethiopia and is now part of Italian East Africa, Italy up to last week had launched two drives into British colonies—one southward into Kenya, the other westward into the Sudan. Neither had got very far last week when Italy launched a third—into British Somaliland.

That torrid little country (see map) is about the size of Missouri. Its capital, Berbera, is on the coast but has no port facilities. It has a municipal water system but no railway, no bank, no hotel. A coast road connects it through...

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