MIDDLE EAST: The Crowd Looking On

In London's bombed and gutted streets in World War II, a perilous and lonely skill was developed to a specialist's high art—the defusing of ticking, active bombs which might go off at any moment if not delicately handled. Such an art was needed in the Middle East last week. There the specialists had first to rope off the area (which is the intent of the Eisenhower Doctrine), and then to take apart the mechanism of destruction.

First to be delicately unwrapped was the complication of Israel's troops in Egypt (see below). If this could be done, the next step was to...

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