In no sense do these notes pretend to the blessed adjective “definitive.” They are based on impressions derived from observations, conversations, interviews, meetings, and a little reading during a six weeks’ trip in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel. I went abroad to listen rather than to speak, but before I came home I had spoken and been questioned at public student meetings in the American universities in Cairo and Beirut, at off-record conferences first with Arab and then Jewish students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, at a radical “opposition” Arab club in Lebanon and at an informal meeting under Baath—the Socialist Party of Syria presided over by that excellent man, Salah el-Bita...
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