UNITED NATIONS: Into the Shadows

Harried Britain discovered last week that, having won the dreary little war in Oman, it must still win the peace. From the sunny desert where, in British eyes at least, victory seemed so bright and clear, the crisis shifted into the shadowy world of diplomacy, where almost nothing is.

As the routed rebel Imam of Oman fled on a donkey before the victorious troops of the British-backed Sultan of Muscat and Oman, eleven Arab states asked the U.N. Security Council to take up Britain's "armed aggression" in Oman, and Moscow joined in with a fevered blast against Britain's "inhuman methods...

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