MIDDLE EAST: Public Spectacle

In the glare of the diplomatic spotlight, Syria played out the painful role of a nation no longer in command of its own soul. The lines which Syria's statesmen mouthed were delivered in Arabic, but the script had clearly been written in Russia.

When, early in the week, Saudi Arabia's King Saud offered to mediate the Turkish-Syrian quarrel, Syria's ailing President Shukri el Kuwatly grabbed at the offer. "We accept your effort with all satisfaction," he said. In the U.N. the other Arab nations, anxious to forestall further Russian meddling in the Middle East, privately urged the Syrians to accept...

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