U.A.R.: To the Cleaners

From the moment President Nasser unexpectedly observed in a speech last July that "I am not satisfied with what has been achieved in Syria," his new "northern region" has been headed for a housecleaning. In that speech Nasser complained that his Damascus regime had turned up a big deficit and spent all its reserves. Though he did not say so publicly, he was displeased by other developments. He had banned party politics; yet the Baath (socialist) party, the Commu nists and others went on politicking. Syrian Vice President Akram Hourani was acting...