JORDAN: A King Comes Home

The people of Jordan had been warned to make no fuss over the homecoming of their unbalanced King. On King Talal's own orders, only 30 people—all of them dignitaries—would be allowed at the airport. Everything began properly as planned. A 25-gun royal salute blasted out from Arab Legion cannon and rolled off the surrounding hillsides, reverberating through Amman. A twin-engined De Havilland Dove rolled to a stop, and out stepped 43-year-old King Talal, looking worn and taut. He mumbled a few words, which no one could understand, to Lieut. General John Bagot Glubb Pasha, the powerful Briton who...

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