Foreign News: The Fertile Vacuum Policy

With a rod of Cromwellian iron, Field Marshal Sir John Harding struck at the Cypriots' rebellion and terror. By day and by night he deployed 18,000 British troops in patrols so thorough that it seemed a fly could not move undetected or unsearched. He barred Greek newspapers, jammed the Athens radio, imposed curfews. When workers and shopkeepers tried to keep up the general strike that broke out when Archbishop Makarios was banished, he threatened mass arrests. When a crowd of students stoned his troops at Larnaca, his soldiers fired, killing a seven-year-old boy.

The E.O.K.A. terrorists hid out, awaiting favorable moments. In...

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