South Arabia: Gone With the Wind

There was no question that the government of the Federation of South Arabia was overthrown last week, but where were the people who toppled it? The British-backed sultans, sheiks and emirs were all on the lam, and no one came to take their place. Nine of the 14 Cabinet members were abroad taking "health cures," talking with other Arab leaders or simply salting away their money in foreign banks. Four others were missing—either kidnaped by nationalist rebels or in hiding. That left Hussein Ali Bayoomi, the Information Minister, as almost the lone...

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