The old Middle East game of baiting the British, a pastime which any number may play, continued unabated. First, Iran's Foreign Office fired off an angry note warning the British embassy to cease "open interference" in Iran's affairs or suffer consequences. The British in a huffy reply refused to receive Iran's note; the Iranians in turn refused to receive the British message refusing the Iranian note. Upshot: Premier Mossadegh ordered Great Britain to shut her nine Iranian consulates within nine days.

In Egypt, trigger-happy Egyptian irregulars went after British military trains and the British military went after the irregulars. After...

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