THE MIDDLE EAST: Arms & Friends

The time had come for Arabs, with much bussing and holding of hands, to prove that they are all brothers—a ceremonial which involves increased fervor on the occasions when the sentiment is least true.

Last week's touching of hands by Arabs who basically are quarreling with one another was the result of the U.S. State Department's ill-advised attempt publicly to isolate and quarantine Syria from its neighbors (TIME, Sept. 23). All Arab friends of the U.S. had to show Syria that they would have no part of such a maneuver. And so last...

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