Controversies in the Middle East
Worsening of relations between the United States and the United Arab Republic may soon be given concrete expression by refusal of new economic assistance to that country. Contemptuous comments about American aid by President Gamal Abdel Nasser, the burning of a U.S. Information Agency library in Cairo, and the U.A.R.'s open support of arms shipments to anti-Western rebels in the Congo have combined to make continuation of economic aid of any kind appear directly contrary to this country's interests.
After a dozen years in power, Nasser seems on the verge of abandoning his non-alignment policy to establish extensive ties with the Soviet Union and its satellites. Nineteen Communist delegations visited Cairo in a six-week period early this year, and trade deals ...