IRAQ: An Act of Conspiracy

In recent weeks Iraqi Communists have used their virtually unchallenged control of the country's press and radio to push for their next objective: membership in Premier Karim Kassem's Cabinet. Last fortnight mild-spoken General Kassem replied with characteristic obliqueness: "I do not encourage parties and party life at present." The Reds continued to praise Kassem as "our savior leader," kept up their insistent demands for office. But last week the left-wing National Democrats, the only political party with open representation in the Cabinet, and a party that has often worked in the past with the Communists, decided "in response to...

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