TITLE

THE CONSEQUENCES OF DEFEAT

AUTHOR(S)
Lewis, Bernard
PUB. DATE
January 1968
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Jan1968, Vol. 46 Issue 2, p321
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses the consequences of the 1967 Israel-Arab war. The Russians were involved in the crisis from the start, indeed, without descending to the conspiratorial conception of history or returning to the polemics of the cold war, researchers can say with reasonable assurance that they had no small part in creating it. This kind of action would in itself have led Arab governments to form a high, and, as it turned out, exaggerated, assessment of Soviet willingness to stand by them in a crisis. There is, in addition, some evidence of Soviet help at a more intimate level than the politics of the United Nations. Syrian gunnery on the border, it is said, showed a degree of professional efficiency out of accord with the previous and subsequent performances of the Syrian army; Syrian diplomacy, on both border issues and questions of oil transit payments, was conducted with a professional finesse that suggested greater reserves of skill and experience than are normally available to short-lived governments in Damascus.
ACCESSION #
5804367

 

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