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Byroade made a final appeal to the Depart­ ment of State, urging that favorable action be taken on the Egyptian request. He suggested that, should Nasser not get this comparatively small amount of arms, he would be forced either to seek arms elsewhere or risk the disaffec­ tion of his officers. In the end, negotiations broke down on the minor point of whether Cairo would pay for the weapons in dollars or Egyptian pounds. Toward the end of these negotiations the Soviet Am­ bassador offered arms to Egypt in huge quantities—some­ thing like five times the amount under discussion with the Americans—and without conditions.

We accept the friendship he reaffirms. And we sincerely forget every­ thing that happened March 16 (the day Khrushchev accused Nasser of using the language of the imperialists). R. would crumble, leaving Egypt and Syria bereft of Russian aid, and uncertain whether or not the West would fill the vacuum. Behind the scenes, however, the relationship between Nasser and Khrushchev remained coldly distrustful. This is not specu­ lation, but is borne out by known facts. On April 20, 1959, in the midst of their quarrel, Mr.

The Syrian stage had become crowded by a shifting kaleidoscope of Army officers, who tended to be as selfseeking as the politicians whom they had replaced. Despite considerable public sentiment for union of Syria with Iraq, the Syrian Army scotched the plan chiefly because its officer corps would have been swallowed up by the larger and more powerful Iraqi Army. More serious from Washington’s point of view was the increasing use of 34 CHALLENGE IN THE MIDDLE EAST Israel as a whipping boy by Syrian officers scrambling for position and power.

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