Communists: The Afro-Asian Arab

It was quite an entourage. Accompanied by his family, his Foreign Minister, the editors of Pravda and Izvestia, and star performers from the Bolshoi Ballet and Moscow Circus, Nikita Khrushchev arrived in Egypt last week. His stated purpose for the trip was the inauguration of the Aswan High Dam's first stage—a project into which Russia has pumped $272 million and at least six engineers' lives.

In fact Khrushchev's first visit to Africa was a shrewdly timed riposte to Red China's Premier Chou Enlai, who spent two months stumping Africa last year. Chou's...

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