The World: Middle East: Anxious Visitors

THE Soviets," a foreign diplomat in Cairo said last week, "are never comfortable dealing with uncertainties." If that is so, Moscow must have been painfully uncomfortable after the past month of turmoil in Egypt, one of its principal clients.

First, U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers, exploring the possibility of reopening the Suez Canal as part of an interim settlement between Egypt and Israel, was received with great cordiality by President Anwar Sadat. Next, Sadat established himself as Gamal Abdel Nasser's true heir by nipping a plot against him and staging a swift, authoritative series of arrests and dismissals that reached deep...

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