Tunisia: Pals No More

One of the most perishable commodities in the Arab world seems to be gratitude. When Algeria won independence from France after seven years of bloody war, its people were deeply indebted to neighboring Tunisia, whose President Habib Bourguiba, 59, had given shelter to 200,000 Algerian refugees and provided a refuge for the training and equipment of 18,000 Algerian fighting men.

But last week, in a shouting, gesticulating speech in the vast Casbah Square of Tunis, Bourguiba said it was "surprising" to discover that Algeria has "become a residence for criminals and plotters against the government of Tunisia." He seemed mostly...

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