NORTH AFRICA: After the March

Exhausted after a four-day foray into the salt flats of the Spanish Sahara (TIME, Nov. 17), Morocco's 350,000 "peace marchers" were loaded into trucks last week and driven back to tent camps at Tarfaya, 21 miles north of the Sahara border. The marchers, never told of the international uproar their crusade had caused, were bewildered by the abrupt about-face. But they obediently played out their roles in one of the greatest anticlimaxes in recent history.

Although the marchers had advanced only 7.4 miles into the Sahara —where their progress was blocked by Spanish minefields—King Hassan insisted that this token invasion had...

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