Yemen: Pax Americana?

Yemen's President Abdullah Sallal was growing impatient. "From this holy place, from this great mosque and from this pure spot," he declared grandly in his dusty capital of San'a, "I warn America that if it does not recognize the Yemen Arab Republic, I shall not recognize it!" The U.S. was not exactly cowed by Sallal's threat, but it was anxious to quarantine the civil war in Yemen before it engulfed the whole Middle East—a distinct possibility, with Egypt's President Nasser lined up behind Sallal and Saudi Arabia and Jordan supporting the deposed...

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