MIDDLE EAST: Of Mobs & Monarchs

"In a few years time," King Farouk once remarked, "there will be only five kings in the world—the King of England and the four kings in a pack of cards."

In Cairo last week an ambitious Egyptian general seized the royal palace and gave His Majesty King Farouk exactly six hours to abdicate his throne and clear out of Egypt for good. A thousand miles away, in poverty-stricken Iran, Communists and Nationalist mobs forced the Shah of Shahs to cringe in his lovely palace and give over to Mohammed Mossadegh absolute power over the Iranian army. "Mossy," as he is...

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