THE MIDDLE EAST: Not So Violent

From peasant to prime minister, Egyptians shook their fists and hurled angry words into the face of the West last week. The Egyptian State Council authorized the government to invoke general mobilization and a manpower draft "in case of war or threat of war." Newspapers blossomed with daily threats of imminent bloodshed if the British did not pull out of the Suez Canal Zone and the Sudan. Egyptians began boycotting British goods; stores tacked up signs announcing that they would no longer carry them. A poster on Cairo walls promised death to anyone who bought British goods. Government officials...

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