Tunisia: The Art of Plain Talk

When Tunisian students passed a bristling condemnation of U.S. policy in Viet Nam last month, President Habib Bourguiba decided to give them a cooling little lecture himself. His message, rare in the Arab world for its espousal of U.S. views: "If the Vietnamese guerrillas could contain the American Army, China would not hesitate to unleash its masses on South Viet Nam, Asia and even Russia." Later, Bourguiba described his fellow Arabs' belligerence against Israel as "vain obstinacy" and Gamal Abdel Nasser's closing of the Gulf of Aqaba as "a monumental miscalculation." He...

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