Middle East: The Unlove Feast

With a burst of furious energy, Egyptian workmen last week completed a three-story, air-conditioned hotel in Alexandria. They raised some 12,000 flags over lampposts and public squares, built 200 triumphal arches, and draped buildings with hundreds of banners car rying slogans of Arab solidarity. As special beach cabins went up on the golden sands of the Mediterranean shore, other workmen dusted and polished furniture and chandeliers in the vast Muntazah Palace and tended 325 acres of gardens.

Pledged Lives. All was finally ready for the second Arab summit conference, which Egypt's President Gamal...

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