THE MIDDLE EAST: The Baghdad Bastion

First there was NATO. Then there was SEATO. Now there was METO—the Middle East Treaty Organization.

METO was born last week in Baghdad.

Meeting in an extra, rose-bordered palace of King Feisal's, the four Premiers of Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Pakistan and Britain's Foreign Secretary Harold Macmillan gathered to give formal shape to the new organization. The last link in a defensive chain forged around the Communist land mass from Norway to the Philippines, it interlocks with NATO (through Turkey) in the West, with SEATO (through Pakistan) in the East.

Iran's Premier Hussein Ala arrived patched with adhesive tape where the revolver,...

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