A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 25, 1957

STEP by step, ever since the Suez crisis, U.S. diplomacy has been on a forced march toward a program of order in the Middle East. Each step offered its special hazards, each week its seemingly paralyzing "What if ...?" Last week, as the Middle East crisis seemed to be heading for a settlement, the question was: "What if Israel refuses to get out of Gaza?" To forestall such a refusal, the President and the State Department engaged in the most serious diplomacy of the winter. See NATIONAL AFFAIRS, What If . . .? As for the larger-looming question—"What if Russia...

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