JORDAN: Chemistry of Chaos

The chemicals of discontent which are present throughout the whole Arab world exploded in a foreboding chain reaction last week in Jordan. The trigger was Britain's attempt to bring Jordan into the anti-Communist Baghdad pact too fast; the effect was a setback for the West.

Britain's General Sir Gerald Templer, an able but not always tactful man, offered to increase Britain's economic and military aid if only Jordan would sign. When he tried to bulldoze Jordan's Premier, the Premier resigned (TIME, Dec. 26). Jordan's young, Harrow-educated King Hussein quickly appointed a new government to accept Templer's proposals, but already agitators...

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