IRAQ: The Man in the ZIM

It was Premier Karim Kassem's major public appearance since an assassin's bullets sent him to the hospital last October, and a special reviewing platform of steel and brick had been erected for just such occasions. For eight hours he intermittently appeared and disappeared, while the crowd below shrieked "yaish al zaim" (Long live the leader).

"Everyone knows," said Kassem next day, "that I am not mindful of death. I have always run with patience, courage and daring after death." Then he denounced Egypt and Jordan for stealing parts of Palestine, blandly called upon Syria to rebel against Cairo. "We are brothers...

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