THE NATION: A Matter of Deep Concern

Out of the loudspeakers of Egypt shrilled a voice, urgent, strident, and sharply reminiscent of the days in the early 1930s when another mustached zealot ranted and raved his way across the world stage. The decision of Egypt's 38-year-old President Nasser to seize the Suez Canal, his dire prophecy of an Arab empire stretching from the Persian Gulf to the Atlantic, his incitement to Algerians to rise up against the French—all these were summonses to the diplomats of Foggy Bottom and their opposite numbers in Whitehall and the Quai d'Orsay to consider, consult, act.

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