Middle East: Down with Nasser?

Ever since the ruling Baath Party in Syria and Iraq fell out with Gamal Abdel Nasser, damping hopes of a new Arab federation, the Baathists have loudly maintained that there was still room for cooperation with Egypt's strongman. Last week their thin façade split crashingly apart. On the very day originally set for a plebiscite in the three countries to form a tripartite nation, the Baathist high command denounced Nasser by name and called on Egyptians to rise up against him.

Broadcast over the Baghdad and Damascus radios, the statement claimed that the agreement signed in Cairo last April promised...

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