EGYPT: Leadership for the League?

Egypt's Strongman Mohammed Naguib seemed likely last week to follow the example of Kemal Ataturk and outlaw the tarboosh (fez in Turkey) as a symbol of the Old Order. Tarboosh-makers protested: a tarboosh, they argued, nicely covers a bald man's baldness and adds to a short man's stature. Whatever the effect of their plea, Naguib continued knocking a lot of tarbooshes off a lot of prominent heads. Most prominent: Abdul Rahman Azzam, secretary general of the Arab League.

A brainchild of Britain's wartime Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, the loose-jointed league was formed in 1945 to promote the political federation of...

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