EGYPT: The Glory of Defeat

For the most part, Egypt's supposedly volatile people accepted the triple assaults of their nation's invaders with re markable discipline and calm. To this rule there was one notable exception: Gamal Abdel Nasser. From the moment of the first attack, the aggressive, self-confident man who had staked Egypt's life on the premise that Britain and France would never use force was visibly shocked and distraught.

Last week, his military ordeal apparently ended, the new, post-invasion Nasser began to emerge. Haranguing a crowd of 20,000 at Cairo's ancient El Azhar Mosque, he sounded at times quite his old cocky self....

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