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Britain Urges Middle East Countries to Unite for Defense Against Attack

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A call to Middle Eastern countries to unite for defense against possible attack was made last night in the House of Lords by Lord Henderson, Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs, during a debate on British aid to the United Nations action now taking place in Korea.

Lord Henderson said that present events in the Far East are a warning “in terms of the Middle East.” If free countries, he declared, wish to remain free, they must not only develop their own internal health and strength, but “must concert with other free nations for their safety.”

(The Middle East is high on official lists of places where Soviet Russia may increase pressure next, the Christian Science Monitor reported today from Washington. The report said that even if the United States has time to deliver additional arms to Iran–the bridge between Russia and the Middle East–and advise Iran’s troops how to use them, military experts do not believe the Iranian Army alone could fight more than a delaying action.)

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