Iraq: Truce for Two Nationalisms

It was a sight all too familiar to turbulent Iraq, which generally averages at least two revolts a year. Automatic rifles cracked through the streets. Seven Iraqi air force MIG-19s whined low over the presidential palace, peppering it with rockets. Tanks took up positions at the Baghdad radio station. For the second time in ten months, former Premier Aref Abdel Razzak, 42, was up to his old tricks, launching a coup in the name of Nasser-style socialism. The bulk of the army rallied to the side of the government, quashing the uprising. The difference was that last week President...

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