SAUDI ARABIA: The King Comes West

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In the warm sunshine, as a swarm of Russian-built MIGs circled overhead, an American-piloted Convair dropped down on Cairo's airport. Erupting from its interior came six fierce-looking bodyguards, their gold daggers glinting beside shiny machine pistols thrust in their black bandoleers. Twenty-one guns boomed ceremonially as a tall, majestically robed Arab King stepped down from the plane, silver-rimmed spectacles gleaming beneath his flowing, gold-banded headdress. Egypt's President Gamal Abdel Nasser, an Arab in a business suit, stepped forward, and kissed him on both cheeks.

His Majesty King Saud ibn Abdul...

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