NORTH AFRICA: Empire of Sand

Nations which get their independence by exercising a boundless nationalism often appear incapable of keeping their nationalism within boundaries. A case in point: the inchoate Republic of Indonesia, which cannot govern itself but claims half of New Guinea. Another: Egypt, which had hardly said goodbye to the British before it was reaching out for the Sudan. But these claims hardly match those of the new Sherman Empire of Morocco, which until a year ago was a part-French, part-Spanish protectorate. Fanatical Moroccan nationalists have staked out a claim to a slice of northwest Africa roughly equal in area to Western Europe....

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