All one night last week, tanks, guns and truckloads of troops rumbled out of the Cairo area toward Sinai. An Indian diplomat, hurrying to catch a ship at Port Said, was halted by a roadblock, had to make a frantic appeal to the Foreign Office before he could proceed. The entire army was alerted, transportation requisitioned, hospitals commandeered.
Excitable Middle East newspapers talked of war and secret ultimatums, and one wild Beirut headline screamed: SIXTH
FLEET STEAMS TOWARD MIDDLE EAST.
A few days earlier the U.N.'s Dag Hammarskjold had abruptly issued a warning...