The World: Provocative Reading

Al Ahram Editor Mohammed Hassanein Heikal's weekly column is always the most provocative reading in Cairo, but even Heikal exceeded himself last week. Insisting that he was "not imagining things," Heikal reconstructed what he believed "had gone on" in the Kremlin when Soviet leaders learned that their forces were being expelled from Egypt. Excerpts:

Defense Minister Andrei Grechko, visibly disturbed, repeated a question posed by Navy Chief Sergei Gorshkov: "Is our Mediterranean fleet going to go back to depending on Odessa for supplies and fresh water? This would mean we will have to contract our navy in the Mediterranean."

Grechko also argued that...