MIDDLE EAST: Favorite Child

The winds of power politics blow good to some. Last week the beneficiary, long persecuted in the Moslem world, was Christianity's eldest daughter, Armenia.* The benefactor was atheist Russia.

Two fast Russian ships, packed tight as troop transports with tens of thousands of Armenians, have been shuttling for the last three months from Mediterranean ports through the Dardanelles toward Russia. One of the ships, the former Italian liner Saturnia (rechristened Rossia), brought gasps from disconsolate Turkish citizens on Istanbul's docks: it was the biggest vessel ever to pass through the Bosporus.

Russian consulates throughout the Middle East had opened their doors...

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