Yemen: A Preference for War

Peace hopes in Yemen never last very long. Two months ago, when moderate Republican Ahmed Mohammed Noman took over as Premier of the rugged desert land, hopes had risen that the three-year-old civil war might finally be brought to an end. Noman shoved pro-Nasser President Abdullah Sallal into the background, kicked the military fanatics out of his Cabinet and surrounded himself with civilians. Then he sat down to hammer out a preliminary formula for peace.

The formula was a compromise that would bring Royalists and Republicans into the government, and it won...