LIBYA: Egyptian Provocation

On the western border of Egypt sits the five-year-old desert nation of Libya, whose chief export is dried esparto grass, and whose income comes largely from giant British and U.S. air bases. Its people are so poorly educated that Egypt eagerly supplies it with teachers, professional men, even government officials.

Last week Libya's aged King Idris showed himself surprisingly independent of his ambitious neighbor Nasser. Opening the Libyan Parliament, he stressed the "strongest resentment at the aggression of which our sister state, Egypt, has been a victim," and asked for a "review" of Libya's treaty with Britain. But this done, Libya...

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