OMAN: Aiming at the Imam

When the hero of Evelyn Waugh's novel Scoop went off to cover the war in Ethiopia, the London Daily Beast's publisher gave him a tip on how to send dispatches out of such places—by cleft sticks. Last week some 20 newsmen covering the weird little war in Oman were marooned by the nervous British on desert islands and airstrips in the Persian Gulf without one cleft stick among them. All they could report was that the R.A.F., at the request of the Sultan of Muscat and Oman, continued to drop warning leaflets and then strafe the mountain fastnesses of...

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