THE NATION: The Safety Catch


From the start of the Suez Canal crisis six weeks ago, the U.S. has been the patient, quieting influence, calming those in Britain and France who talked of force. It was U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles who mustered 18 maritime nations behind a mild U.S. plan to put the key waterway under a form of international supervision while acknowledging Egypt's ownership. Dulles sent the State Department's ace Middle East troubleshooter, Loy Henderson, to Cairo on a five-nation committee "to present and explain" the U.S. plan to Egypt's President Nasser.

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