NEAR EAST: Trouble in Paradise

With trouble in Libya, trouble at home, and big trouble in the Balkans, Great Britain last week was afraid that she had trouble in Paradise as well. By week's end this month's uprising in Iraq, traditional site of the Garden of Eden, showed no signs of normal simmering down, seemed instead a nasty threat to the carotid artery of the British Empire, the Mosul-Haifa oil pipeline.

Like Syria, Palestine and Trans-Jordan, Iraq, watered by the Tigris and Euphrates, was carved from the Arabic-speaking provinces of pre-war Turkey. It owes its existence to Great Britain, which helped create it after World...

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