Middle East: Spreading Infection

In the Middle East, revolution is reaching epidemic proportions. A revolt in Yemen last September ousted the centuries-old dynasty of the Imam and installed a "republic" that has ever since been propped up by 20,000 Egyptian troops sent in by Gamal Abdel Nasser. In two bloody days' work last month, Iraqi army officers deposed and killed psychotic Dictator Abdul Karim Kassem. Last week, on a quiet, grey Friday morning, the infection reached Syria.

Broken Bonds. Everyone knew it was coming, from Syria's strongman, General Abdel Karim Zahreddin, down to the lowliest private in the army. When Zahreddin severed Syria's union...

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