Essay: The Shah and the King

The Persian Gulf is an important neighborhood in today's world. Britain is planning to complete its withdrawal from the island of Bahrain and the Tru-cial States along the Gulf in 1971, and so the frail but oil-rich little sheikdoms provide a tempting target. Supporters of Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser seek to dominate the desert land; the Russians at present need no oil, but would like to deny the oil to the West. Soviet ships now ply the Indian Ocean, and early this year nosed into the Persian Gulf on courtesy visits. With such forces on the prowl, it is no time...

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