Bigger than France, more populous than Yugoslavia, Turkey adjoins oil-rich Iran and sits astride the Dardanelles, through which the Russian navy's Black Sea fleet would have to pass in time of war. Along with Greece, Turkey has been newly invited to join NATO, to anchor down the Eastern end of the defense line. TIME Correspondent Jim Bell last week reported on strategic Turkey:

THE Turk is a nice guy to have on our side. He's a realist, he knows where he's going, he's got the guts and stamina to get there. He's a realist,...

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