Foreign News: A Bloody Good Exercise

From the communiqués it was easy to believe that what had taken place in Egypt was "an immaculate war." In London Defense Minister Antony Head announced that British casualties "did not exceed 85, of whom not more than 20 were killed." And from the beginning the Anglo-French high command emphasized the careful concentration on purely military targets, the deliberate effort to spare Egyptian lives and property.

Seen face to face, it was not that kind of war at all. "In normal times." cabled TIME Correspondent Frank White last week, "the Egyptian General Hospital at Port Said can take care of 40 patients...

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