MIDDLE EAST: Perilous Positions

The West shook off the long torpor that had afflicted its attitude toward the worsening situation in the Middle East.

The summary dismissal of Lieut. General John Bagot Glubb by Jordan's King Hussein, the rioting on Cyprus, the general state of things on the Mediterranean rim, seemed to have aroused Britain to its suddenly perilous position in the Middle East. Reports of Egyptian officers training in Poland, of heavy shipments of Soviet arms brought renewed doubts that the stubbornly held policy of declining an arms race was serving its purpose. With Communist arms, Premier Abdel Gamal Nasser's vaunted dream of creating...