IRAQ: To the Gallows!

In Mideastern revolutions, the man out in front of the mob may not be leading it —he may be running for his life. Iraq's ruling General Karim Kassem is in the familiar situation; his army, which alone can overawe the mob, is an uncertain weapon. Kassem has already clapped in jail Colonel Abdul Salam Mohammed Aref, his co-conspirator in the four-month-old revolt, as well as a dozen other suspect army officers. Kassem has also tried to placate the mob by alloting free seeds to farmers, and promising land reforms.

Having offered the mob...

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