THE ARABS: Look Out for Moscow

Take counsel among yourselves, and if they agree with you, well and good; and if otherwise, then put your trust in Allah, and do that which you deem best.

—The Koran

In the biggest crisis in their brief national history, the rulers of the Arab Middle East went faithfully by the Book last week. They took counsel together—and disagreed.

As guests of Lebanon's President Camille Chamoun, Kings, Presidents and other potentates met secretly in a UNESCO villa on the outskirts of Beirut. Escorted by goggled Lebanese motorcycle cops and gowned Bedouins armed with...

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