Tunisia: The Wages of Moderation

A war of sorts, over issues of a sort, was being fought last week by two countries who were sort of friends the day before hostilities. Tunisia and France, joined in the dubious nostalgia of ex-colony and motherland, were firing at each other on Tunisian soil and exchanging bitter charges in the august echo chamber of the United Nations Security Council.

There was every sign that nobody was more astonished than Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba at what he had touched off. True enough, he had some provocation. After giving Tunisia independence in 1956,...

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