MIDDLE EAST: Favorable Omens for Peace

At measured intervals and with punctuating puffs of acrid rolling smoke, a 21-gun salute from the Egyptian destroyer October Six rippled the waters of Port Said harbor last week. As the guns boomed, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat climbed aboard the 3,500-ton Soviet-built ship, named for the day in 1973 on which Egypt attacked Israeli positions in the occupied Sinai. With Sadat on her bridge, the October Six slipped her lines, gathered speed and at ten knots moved slowly southward into the Suez Canal; symbolic floating gates decorated with pharaonic designs parted to let her through. Another destroyer and three vessels...

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