IRAQ: The Colonel's Mistake

At 3:30 one afternoon last week Baghdad radio once again went on the air with the Arab world's most arresting radio show: the proceedings of Iraq's notorious People's Court. First came 3½ minutes of whooping and the Red-paid claque that dominated the crowd in the courtroom. Then Communist-lining Colonel Fadhil Abbas Mahdawi, the court's presiding judge, wandered through 20 minutes of invective against the leaders of Nasser's U.A.R. ("gangsters and robbers") and praise for Iraq's President Abdul Karim Kassem ("leader of the whole Arab nation"). At last, airily dismissing a defense...

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