Foreign News: Nasser Reacts

The users' plan of the Western powers seemed truly to catch Nasser unawares. "Instead of continuing the game," the tennis-playing young dictator complained to a friend, "Eden has picked up the ball and walked off the court." In uncharacteristic haste Nasser ordered his Washington ambassador to protest to John Foster Dulles that the plan "means war"—just as Dulles was about to explain to his press conference that that was precisely what it did not mean. Then, in his first important—if insufficient—shift toward compromise, Nasser let it be known through the Indian government that...

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