THE MIDDLE EAST: Phantom Threat

All week long, Moscow's propagandists bellowed charges that the U.S. was egging Turkey on to attack Syria. "No one," declared Tass, "should doubt that if Syria is attacked, the Soviet Union . . . will take all necessary measures."

In an unbelievably clumsy attempt to stir internal dissension, Nikita Khrushchev dispatched "personal" letters to the Socialist Parties of seven Western European nations. "Any widening of the conflict around Syria may drive Britain into the abyss of a new, destructive war, with all is terrible consequences for the population of the British Isles," Khrushchev wrote to Britain's Labor Party. "We hope that...

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