Middle East: Swing from the Left

The cooling winds of moderation continue to blow across the Middle East. Last week in Iraq, reversing a virtually uninterrupted forced march to extreme socialism and dictatorship that began in 1958, Premier Abdel Rahman Bazzaz suggested Baghdad's sweeping nationalization laws had gone too far, declared it was time for a turn to private industry and Western foreign in vestments. Moreover, guaranteeing in dividual rights in a fashion unheard of in modern Iraq, Bazzaz, the quiet, Western-oriented technician whom President Abdul Salem Aref installed two months ago, decreed that henceforth no...

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