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The plebiscite is the democratic mumbo jumbo of the modern dictator. Last week 40-year-old Dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser triumphantly ran off a plebiscite ratifying his power over two ancient countries, then stepped to his Cairo balcony and delivered his inaugural address to half a million screaming schoolchildren. "O youth," he shouted, "the United Arab Republic has come into being." The merger of Egypt and Syria, he said, now becomes "the basis of Arab union." "Mabrouk Gamal—Congratulations, Gamal," shrieked the schoolkids. Rockets burst overhead, parachuting small Egyptian and Syrian flags down on...

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