MIDDLE EAST: Spreading Security

The State Department's new policy of concentrating its foreign aid on those nations that most want support against Russia went ahead quietly last week. The opposition, so noisy only a few weeks ago, was also surprisingly quieter.

Turkey and Pakistan agreed to sign a pact to achieve "closer collaboration in the political, economic and cultural spheres, as well as strengthening peace and security." Its real significance is that it will help forge the first link in a defensive cordon for the Middle East's northern perimeter (TIME, Jan. 18). Throughout the treaty negotiations, the U.S. maintained an attitude of studied indifference, making...

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