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The American Embassy in Cairo, realizing that the amount of arms which could be bought for this sum would not enable the Egyptian Army to defeat Israel, strongly favored the arms sale. The Em­ bassy was convinced that Nasser wanted the arms primarily to improve the morale of his troops and to counter growing unrest in the Army. Negotiations dragged on through the spring and summer of 1955. Neither Mr. Nasser nor Am­ bassador Byroade could obtain a definite answer from Washington. In July Mr. Byroade made a final appeal to the Depart­ ment of State, urging that favorable action be taken on the Egyptian request.

Confidentially he informed the American, French, and British legations that the Com­ munists had prepared an assassination list including, besides his own name and that of President Kuwatly, the names of the American, French, and British ministers. By these means Zaim sought to create tension so that his efforts to position his troops in preparation for a coup d’état would appear natural. On March 30, 1949, Zaim capitalized on his manu­ factured incidents to seize power in a bloodless coup. Presi­ dent Kuwatly and his civilian government were deposed.

R. can easily disengage itself from that eco­ nomic dependence upon the Soviet bloc into which it has sunk since 1955. The extent of that dependence, which will be analyzed subsequently, is enormous. 30 CHALLENGE IN THE MIDDLE EAST It does seem clear, however, that President Nasser’s future dealings with Moscow will be carried on with the knowledge that the Soviets aim eventually at his denigra­ tion or destruction. This conviction on his part has not suddenly transformed Mr. Nasser into an ally of the West, since he remains perhaps equally suspicious of Western, principally British and French, motives in the Middle East.

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