EGYPT: Passing Cloud

There is a time to retreat, just as there is a time to advance, and last week Lieut. Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser, zealous leader of Egypt's revolution, knew that the time had come to retire to more defensible lines. "Our trouble." said he, "is that we kept acting like idealists instead of politicians."

Nasser, secluded 18 hours a day in his workroom by the Nile, had miscalculated the country's temper. He had underestimated the popular appeal of General Mohammed Naguib, overestimated the unity of the officers' corps (which turned out to be honeycombed...

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