JORDAN: Doomed to Die?

"It is doubtful Jordan will last out the year as an independent state," cabled a New York Times reporter last week. It might not come to an end that soon, but now that Jordan has lost its usefulness to the British as a base, the little desert kingdom has also lost its chief historic excuse for existence.

Since the Suez invasion, Iraqi, Syrian and Saudi Arabian troops have moved into Jordan to "protect" it; the Syrians and Saudis are still there. The Israelis watch edgily from across a 330-mile border, and at...

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