The Arabs: Beginning to Face Defeat

The invitation was for dinner at the presidential villa, and Field Marshal Abdel Hakim Amer, former Vice President of Egypt, ex-commander of its armed forces, accepted with pleasure.

It seemed like old times — the friendly days before Nasser fired him for losing the war with Israel. The illusion did not last long. At dinner, Nasser in formed the marshal that he was under house arrest.

Similar scenes were played all over Cairo last week. At Nasser's orders, military police scoured the city, arrested more than 100 colonels and generals suspected of discontent....

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