For four days, the tide of crisis flooded the Middle East. Then, and only then, as it receded, came Nikita Khrushchev, rattling his rockets and crying "Crisis!" , Surfboarding on the world's fears. Nikita Khrushchev, with his threats of ICBMs and his "not-a-minute-to-lose" call for a summit conference, obviously had every intention of keeping the waters roiled. But his clever cry for the summit also had the sound of a man who knew he was safe before crying his alarms.

For 48 hours last week, after pro-Nasser Iraqi rebels stormed into the royal palace in Baghdad, peace in the Middle East...

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