THE MIDDLE EAST: Strength for the Northern Tier

Turkey's two mightiest political figures last week left their own shores to line up friends abroad. President Celal Bayar turned up in Karachi to cement a military alliance with Pakistan. Premier Adnan Menderes descended by air on Baghdad to sign a Turkish-Iraqi treaty of mutual defense against Communism.

The Iraqi treaty quickly became fact. Iraq's 67-year-old Premier Nuri es-Said, who was an officer in T. E. Lawrence's World War I desert army against the Turks, pushed the treaty through Iraq's parliament. Turkey's National Assembly ratified it unanimously. Since Turkey is a member of NATO, Iraq became the first of the...

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