THE MIDDLE EAST: Who Walks in Damascus?

The aftermath was bitter. The British had hardly halted the French shelling of Damascus and taken over the city (TIME, June 11) before Syria's President Shukri el-Kuwatly said: "This generation of Syrians will not tolerate seeing one Frenchman walk through the streets of Damascus." In neighboring coastal Lebanon, anti-French feeling mounted. When Lebanese demanded that "something be done here as was done in Syria," they meant that British troops should eject the French from the newly sandbagged public buildings and from street-corner barricades in Beirut, where the French last week emplaced machine...

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