Egypt: After a Decade

At a military base in the desert west of the Nile, President Gamal Abdel Nasser last week watched four Egyptian-made rockets roar upward into the clouds. The most potent rocket, named El Kaher (Conqueror), has a range of 360 miles and could land, said Nasser, "just south of Beirut." The area just south of Beirut is better known as Israel.

The rocket-rattling was a forerunner to this week's celebration of the tenth anniversary of Nasser's revolution. The program is elaborate: a major Nasser speech before a quarter-million Egyptians in Cairo's Republican Square, a military parade along the boulevards of the...

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