Middle East: The Late, Late Fuse


The menu listed such delicacies as Saliva of the Arab Rivers (consomme), Pearls of Kuwait and Casablanca (potatoes), Baby Lambs of Nejd and Kairouan, and concluded with Jewels of Jericho (fruit), and Aroma of Yemen (coffee).

This hyperbolic feast was placed before the princes, presidents and potentates of 13 Arab states by scarlet-jacketed waiters who marched in step as they served. Behind them stood Alexandria's pink-walled Haramlek Palace, and all around stretched floodlit lawns lined with palms and bordered by the gentle roll of Mediterranean waves.

Vicious Circle. The Arabs were met...

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