MIDDLE EAST: One for the Seesaw

Torn between the conflicting demands of Iraq's Arab nationalists and Communists, Iraqi Premier Abdul Karim Kassem is trying to keep a seesaw in balance all by himself. Last week, as the Arab world reacted to his Red-pleasing execution of a score of nationalist Iraqi officers and civilians (TIME, Sept. 28), it became clear that Kassem had stepped just a little too far to the Communist side of the fulcrum.

In Cairo, where Nasser's propagandists worked day and night defaming Kassem, Moslem divines solemnly denounced the Iraqi Premier, and a procession of thousands...

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