THE MIDDLE EAST: The Threat of War

For a time last week, responsible statesmen on both sides of the Atlantic feared that war was in the making. Messages of alarm shot between Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv. U.S. armed forces were alerted—not because attack was believed imminent, but in case it was. Out of their mutual concern, the Western alliance, rent by the Anglo-French invasion of Egypt, was put back together again. The price: an incomplete victory in Egypt.

The chief fear was not the war of "rocket weapons" and other "modern and terrible means" that Russian Premier Nikolai...

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