IRAQ: Man on Camelback

In most Arab lands of the Middle East, young army officers with revolutionary social ideas and anti-Western feelings may be riding high. But they have yet to unseat Iraq's tough Strongman Nuri es-Said, 68, the coolheaded camelback raider of Lawrence of Arabia's World War I anti-Turk desert revolt, who boasts: "I was risking my life for the Cause of Arab independence before Nasser was out of his swaddling clothes."

Nuri has often been accused of being a British stooge. It took courage for him to keep Iraq in the anti-Communist Baghdad Pact, along with Britain, after Britain invaded Egypt. Nuri...

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