MIDDLE EAST: One Diplomat's View

In his 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, J. Rives Childs, 60, earned a reputation for outspokenness. Now, retired from his post as U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, he could speak even more freely about the places he served in—Palestine, Egypt, North Africa, Iran and Arabia. Last week his fellow career officers abroad were reading these parting recommendations to the U.S. State Department:

Iran. "On the basis of my studies and sojourn in Persia, I am convinced that Persia is now entering a period of chaos and anarchy . . . From the times of Darius and Cyrus, Persia has...

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