Cyprus: The Careless Smokers

During a 24-hour period on Cyprus last week, only nine shots were fired in anger. This was practically dead silence for the small, cantankerous island that threatens the southern hinge of NATO with dissolution and all of the eastern Mediterranean with embroilment in war between Greece and Turkey.

Cyprus remains a powder keg surrounded by careless smokers. Chief among them is bearded, baffling Archbishop Makarios, President of Cyprus, whose attempt to overrun the Turkish Cypriot beachhead at Kokkina brought swift retaliation from Turkey in the form of jet fighters. What Makarios could...

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