THE MIDDLE EAST: Troubles & Wrong Moves

In the off-the-record view of some of the State Department's top hands, the most dangerous spot in the world today is Syria. What disturbs them most is the incalculable ingredient in Nikita Khrushchev's makeup: how far this unpredictable, risk-taking Communist boss may go in foreign adventuring, to get himself out of domestic problems. Starting with this substantial concern, the U.S. last week acted with such heavy-handed zeal that even its friends in the Middle East felt compelled to react against the U.S.

In elaborately publicized succession, President Eisenhower proclaimed U.S. "anxiety" over...

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