Middle East: No Time for Fanfare

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Unanswered last week was the question of whether the Yemeni people would accept the peace; neither the republicans nor the royalists were represented at Jedda. Twice before, the Egyptian and the Saudi had "agreed" to stop the brutal little war, but each effort has shattered on the rocks of Nasser's ambition, Feisal's fear of Egyptian encroachment, and ancient rivalries in Yemen itself, where the tough mountain tribes consider themselves the natural rulers of the lowland tribes. Nor was it very clear just how a referendum could be held in a land whose 5,000,000 people are 90% illiterate and have never before in history voted with anything except guns and curve-bladed djambias.

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