SPAIN: Importance of Being Important

Francisco Franco hates being treated by the Western powers merely as a black-sheep relation who regrettably holds title to a strategic piece of real estate. Last week he was in the midst of a diplomatic offensive to prove that Spain is a valuable and desirable partner for the West.

¶ Foreign Minister Martin Artajo and a team of 20 diplomats (including Spain's Lieut. General Mohammed Ben el Mizzian, a devout Moslem) were off on a tour of the Middle East. Their mission: to sell the Moslem states on the idea that Spain, with her ancient cultural ties to Islam,...

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