First came the Arms, Now the Doctrine FROM A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
Surest blow struck by Russia was the threat B. & K. made to bomb Britain and France if they did not stop invading Egypt. Eden at once stopped the fighting. The Arabs maintain Eden stopped through fear of Russia. But had we gone on, and won, the Arabs— who dearly love a show of ruthless power—would now be submissive.
Now in Syria they are contemptuous.
With their scorn goes resentment at France, who once was the mandatory Power, irritation too at both Britain and America manning Israel, the eternal enemy. The unsolved refugee question adds to their annoyance.
BUT Syrians maintain they are
not Communists: their religion forbids their being so, they are agriculturists, not discontented factory workers inflamed by the tirades of hot-headed students. of whom there are very few indeed in Syria.
The Russians have been too kind, too liberal with their gifts,
mostly weapons. So far no strings its onslaught on Syria.?
were attached to the tanks they sent Syria. But the request to be permitted to indoctrinate will now come, and the Syrians will be too polite to say no. There is still
The majority of Syria's 3,093,000 citizens are mainly Sunni-Moslems. Catholics number about 114,597, including members of the Latin, Melkite, Syrian, Armenian, Maronite and Chaldean rites; but they are far outnumbered by dissident Christians.
Israel to be dealt with, and the Russians will be needed then more than ever.
Our pipe-lines running through Syria are in peril, so is our ally Turkey with enemies on hack and front steps. The Socialist Government now in power is co-operative with Moscow.
Neighbouring Lebanon, where 50 per cent. of the people are Catholic, arms herself to withstand the Communists from across the border.
Will the loyal Maronites of this last-named little country be called upon to safeguard faith in God when Communist ideology makes