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View From History: Middle East Standoff

View From History: Middle East Standoff

As part of our 250th year of publication, I'll be posting selected historical cartoons from The Courant's files every Thursday. Henry McNulty, who is our informal historic authority on all things Courant, provides the explanation for the cartoons. Today's explanation: In late 1969, Egyptian President Gamal Nasser announced a so-called "War of Attrition" to try to win back territory Egypt had lost to Israel in the Six-Day War two years previously. For months, Israel and Egypt stages various dogfights and launched limited air attacks. Egypt was backed by arms from the Soviet Union, while Israel was given pledges of support by the United States.  This cartoon,...