Middle East: The Red Bankroll


In the first postwar decade, Joseph Stalin's meddling in the Middle East was largely limited to Russia's immediate neighbors, Turkey and Iran—where he had scant success. But the ubiquitous Khrushchev boldly leapfrogged smack into the area, sending legions of comrade plenipotentiaries armed with aid, or ready to aid with arms. Today, from the great shell of the Aswan High Dam rising from the Egyptian Nile to T-54 tanks rumbling down the boulevards of Baghdad, with swarms of MIG jets on patrol over Syria or strafing Royalist rebels in Yemen, the Soviet...

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