Foreign News: Reluctant Dragon

MIDDLE EAST (See Cover)

Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

—Proverbs 27:1

Between one pink dawn and another over the Moabite hills last week came The Day. It brought forth events sufficient to crowd aside the worries of tomorrow. To the Jews of Palestine this day brought a state of their own, the first in 1,878 years. To the British it brought the loss of a 10,460-square-mile base in the Mediterranean—and relief from a burden they had snatched up with imperial optimism 31 years ago. To the Arabs, it brought a tautening of determination...

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