AFRICA: Armed Only by Allah

The International Court of Justice in The Hague was designed to settle disputes between nations. Last week the World Court came through with a decision that was so Solomonic in adjudicating territorial claims that four countries—Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria and Spain—may soon be at one another's throats.The area in dispute is the Spanish Sahara, a barren, 103,000-sq.-mi. piece of land on the coast of North Africa that has nothing to recommend it but 10 billion tons of phosphate underground.

Morocco, said the World Court, had had "certain legal ties" to Saharan tribes before Spain took over the...

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