Persian Gulf: Two Down for Nasser

In the sweltering reaches of the petroleous Persian Gulf, where Britain maintains some of the last outposts of Empire, Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser has waged a long, hot campaign of intrigue and propaganda to get the "imperialists" out—and himself in. Last week the British inflicted two significant defeats on their foe.

The first setback for Nasser came in Bahrein, a tiny cluster of Persian Gulf islands where Sheik Isa bin Sulman al Khalifa unconditionally reaffirmed all existing agreements under which Whitehall uses his prosperous kingdom as a military and diplomatic pied-a-terre. Seemingly, Nasser-style socialism should have little appeal for Bahreinis, who...

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