Middle East: Shells Across Suez

MIDDLE EAST

The Egyptian artillerymen waited until the sun was low over the Suez Canal and shining in the eyes of Israeli gunners on the occupied east bank. Then, along the 70-mile front, they opened up with a sustained barrage, promptly answered in kind by the Israelis. At a time when a settlement in the Middle East is much on the minds of the leaders of the U.S., Russia and Western Europe, last week's sudden flare-up of violence seemed even more than usually to fit Clausewitz's definition of war as "continuation of diplomacy by other means." It was equally ominous that...

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