DIPLOMACY: Welcome to the Third World

For three days last week one 21 -gun salute after another boomed out over Algiers' Dar el Beida international airport, as kings, presidents and dictators arrived from all over the Third World.

There was gray-bearded Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, one of the world's longest-reigning monarchs, and Fidel Castro of Cuba, still the archetypal revolutionary in his olive-drab uniform. There, too, was King Feisal of Saudi Arabia, exiled Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia, President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India and scores of others.

After the airport...

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