JORDAN: To Join or Not to Join

Last week another Arab nation prepared to join the new anti-Communist Baghdad pact, but not without the kind of scuffling in the streets that so often passes for soul-searching in the Middle East. The prospective new member is the poor desert state of Jordan, which is under the wing (but not the thumb) of Great Britain.

Britain sent its top soldier, General Sir Gerald Templer, to Jordan with a tempting proposition: if Jordan would join the Baghdad pact, with Turkey. Pakistan, Iran and Iraq. Britain would boost its aid program (currently $24 million a year), replace the present Anglo-Jordanian treaty...

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