TURKEY: Benevolent Bomber

"I didn't realize," said a U.S. tourist in Turkey last week as he gaped at the devastation on all sides, "that Istanbul was so badly bombed during the war." A guide promptly reassured him that Turkey's largest and most famed city had never been a target for enemy bombers.* But what the explosives of wartime combatants had done in malice for the clutter of London and Berlin, the peaceful but restless ambition of Premier Adnan Menderes was doing for Istanbul.

Night after night, all summer long, the sleep of tired Turks has been interrupted by the blasts of dynamite. All...

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