EGYPT: The Great Climbdown

Up to a few weeks ago, the dispute over the Sudan was a textbook example of unprofitable diplomacy. All parties had crawled far out on separate limbs. The British had 1) all but pushed the Egyptians out of the million square miles of Sudan, despite the continuing fiction of a condominium and 2) firmly promised the 8,000,000 Sudanese the right of self-determination. The Egyptians had 1) named King Farouk Sovereign of the Sudan and 2) let it be known that they considered the pro-Independence party in Sudan (the Umma) a collection of dogs and British lickspittles. For the Sudanese,...

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