Algeria: Adventurers, Go Home!

When Algeria's shadowy new regime finally found its voice last week, foreigners and Algerians alike could hardly believe their ears. Colonel Houari Boumedienne, the gaunt, fiery-eyed army commander who ousted Ahmed ben Bella last month, left no doubt of his aims or of his determination to achieve them. "Algeria," he proclaimed, "just wants to be Algeria."

In his first speech since the coup, Boumedienne explained to graduating students at a gendarmerie school that the nation would no longer dabble in international revolution and intrigue. Nor, he warned, would his government tolerate the "adventurers who intruded themselves into our country" during Ben...

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