PANAMA: Omar v. the Canal Zone

They have taken down the 9-ft-high chain-link fence between Panama City's Legislative Palace and the adjacent Canal Zone—a fence that Panamanian newspapers like to compare to the Berlin Wall. In the palace itself they have built a false floor and then erected an exact replica of the U.N. Security Council conference table in New York. The only difference is that the legs are wooden instead of steel. "We don't have any steel industry here," explained the Panamanian official in charge of the affair.

Now that these exercises of optical illusion have been completed, the U.N. is ready for one of...

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