Foreign News: At Whatever Cost

All along what used to be called the lifeline of empire, flashes of discord flared up like warning signals. Cyprus went from bad to worse. At the Red Sea refueling base of Aden, nationalists shouted abuse at Her Majesty's visiting minister. Farther east, Ceylon's new Prime Minister had notified Britain that it must remove its forces from the base at Trincomalee. Talks on a new status for Singapore collapsed, and Chief Minister David Marshall departed, demanding: "How long can you keep Singapore with a bayonet?" Before long, Britain may have no secure base across the wide expanse of the Indian Ocean,...