Millimeter by millimeter, like a small bug on a windowpane, the Finnish tanker Aruba crawled along the charted sea lanes. The world paid little attention as she made her way down from the Rumanian port of Constanta to the Mediterranean and eastward toward Port Said. Then, three weeks ago, like hundreds of other vessels that pass through the Suez Canal, the 10,000-ton Aruba was forced to declare her cargo and destination. It proved to be 13,000 tons of high-grade kerosene consigned to Red China, enough jet plane fuel to carry Communist airmen on...

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