Middle East: Shifting Fortunes

In a letter to the Moslem wise men of Egypt's 1,000-year-old Al Azhar University, a distraught Iraqi electrician wrote: "I vowed to sacrifice my son for Arab unity. Now that it has been achieved, should I carry out my vow and kill my boy?" An Al Azhar scholar replied that he was moved by the writer's faith, but warned that Moslem law forbids human sacrifices. Therefore, "your vow carries no obligation and should not be executed."

Lowered Flags. There was a more material reason for the electrician to abstain from filial murder: Arab unity...

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