NORTH AFRICA: The Rotting Oranges

All along the 1200-mile arc from Casablanca to Tunis last week, people—Arabs and French alike—mourned the sorry state of things with the same cliché: Nous sommes dépassés par les événements (We are outstripped by events). As long as the war in Algeria continued, there was not much hope for peace or stability in neighboring Tunisia and Morocco, and both of them were in sore trouble.

In desperate moments, Algerian rebel leaders spoke of "spreading the war" by involving Tunisia and Morocco in it too. The rulers of Tunisia and Morocco, torn between natural...

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