CONGO: Squeezing the Colonel

"The United Nations has added another ring to the Congo circus," snapped a disgusted Western diplomat in Leopoldville last week. "And its show looks just as ridiculous as what is going on in the Congolese rings." Many a baffled Congolese would agree.

Originally, the U.N.'s Congo officials had condoned the takeover of power by Colonel Joseph Mobutu, 30, relieved to have someone try to impose order on the squabbling politicians. Now they were undermining the hapless young soldier.

Originally, they had viewed erratic Premier Patrice Lumumba with alarm, closed the Congo's airports...

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