THE MEDITERRANEAN: Flames of Violence

Looking at the struggles in Algeria, in Cyprus and in Lebanon, where the flames of violence danced high, headline writers and editorial writers and TV commentators, out of weary habit born of a decade of cold war, tended to reduce all these struggles to a single, naked question: Who's winning, the West or the Russians?

They saw that the Cyprus quarrel was rending the eastern end of the NATO alliance; they worried whether the Algerian and Lebanese rebellions would drive the whole Moslem world into neutralism or worse. But though these problems affected the balance of power between Russia and...