DIDDLE EAST: Nasser's Canal

MIDDLE EAST

The nine small ships nosed slowly past the sun-baked jetties at the entrance to Port Said harbor and into the open Mediterranean—the first convoy to pass through the Suez Canal in five months. Harbor vessels tooted joyously, and on the quays crowds broke into cheers.

What 18 nations had sought to avoid, what England and France had fought to prevent, Gamal Abdel Nasser was on the way to achieving. The canal was open and operating on Nasser's terms.

The Political Wreck. U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold had turned up in Cairo to present, among other things, the West's plan (sponsored by the...

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