MUSCAT & OMAN: The Red & the White

So hot was it in Muscat and Oman that their swords melted in the scabbards and gazelles fell down, roasted in the desert.

—Old Arab Chronicle

For four weeks Britain had conducted its scuffle-sized war in Oman with the on-again-off-again hesitation of a small boy who has tied one end of the string to his aching tooth, the other to the doorknob.

When Said bin Taimur, Sultan of Muscat and Oman, appealed to Britain for help in subduing the rebellious and elusive Imam of Oman, no one thought that the affair would require much more than a few passes by R.A.F. fighter...

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