Congo: Toward a Showdown

Through the streets of Elisabethville swirled 100 howling Africans and Europeans carrying banners blazoned, "No G.I.s in Katanga!" At the U.S. consulate they trampled on an American flag and shattered windows with rocks and ripe mangoes. It was Secessionist Moise Tshombe's way of replying to the U.S. decision last week to send a military mission to the Congo to see what equipment the United Nations force will need to bring his secessionist Katanga province to heel.

Judging from the mood at the U.N. and in Washington, Tshombe will have plenty of other...

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