Syria: The Man from S.K.U.N.K.

In his headlong and disastrous plunge into socialism, Syria's Strongman Amin Hafez has resorted increasingly to that reliable diversion, the alleged U.S.-backed plot. Over the past month, 13 Syrians have been condemned to die on charges of collusion with the U.S. Last week Hafez presented another thriller that might not have impressed The Man from U.N.C.L.E. but went over big in Syria.

Cast as the native villain was Farhan Attassi, 36, a Syrian-born but naturalized U.S. citizen with an American wife and until lately a local salesman of American TV films. The brain was said to be Walter Snowdon, second...

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