MIDDLE EAST: Turnabout

On July 1, a 716-ton freighter bound through the Red Sea on legitimate business for the port of Aqaba, Jordan, and proceeding in international waters, was stopped by a warning shot from a corvette. An armed party "from the corvette boarded the freighter, locked her crew below decks for 13 hours, looted the ship's stores and smashed its radio. The Foreign Secretary of the affronted nation sat on the story for ten days while he nervously checked and rechecked accounts of the incident. When the Foreign Secretary finally protested this violation of his nation's rights, the offending nation said...

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