ARAB LEAGUE: Defying Nasser

In the Arab world a leader has to decide whether to play along with Nasser's Arab "brotherhood" or to play against it. Neither choice has paid off well, since Nasser's idea of brotherhood is one in which he alone is Big Brother. After months of trying to hold his own against the cawing Cairo Radio, Tunisia's President Habib Bourguiba three weeks ago decided to join the Arab League, a Cairo organization now dominated by Nasser.

At their very first session, the Tunisian delegates attacked "some Arab countries that attempt to dominate the league's meetings." In a huff, the Egyptian delegation...